Hospital death rates criticised

Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Medway Hospital and Basildon Hospital have all been criticised in a Government report into death rates today.

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'Government has made Medway situation worse' - Councillors' statement

Inside Medway Hospital Credit: NH

Medway Maritime, along with ten other hospitals, has been placed into special measures because of major failings.

Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, has not provided a timetable for improvements to areas of the NHS with which his Government has failed to get to grips.

Instead, they have made matters worse, distracting the NHS with an unnecessary top-down reorganisation, which has sucked £3bn out of patient care.

Cllr Tristan Osborne said: "We have seen a botched NHS re-organisation; A&E waiting lists increasing; privatisation of NHS Direct; and a real concern that the merger with Darent Valley will lead to increased deficits.

“I will work with colleagues across all Parties to scrutinise our local NHS and ensure we have effective numbers of staff in A&E.”

Cllr Vince Maple added: “Medway Labour recognises the hard work of doctors, nurses and support staff, but the Keogh Report highlights some of the major flaws in the systems at Medway Maritime Hospital.

“Although I welcome the measures announced in the Keogh Report, I am disturbed by the failures of care in the NHS under David Cameron.

“A&Es are in crisis, with recent figures showing nearly 3,500 patients in the UK have waited in vehicles parked outside hospitals for more than two hours in the year 2012/13.

“With thousands of nurses lost and A&Es in crisis, the sad truth is that failures in care are becoming more likely under this Government, not less.”

VIDEO: 'I thought my husband would be safe in hospital'

The safety of patients is being questioned at two of the South East's hospitals. A Government led report has uncovered a series of failings at Medway NHS Trust and Basildon Hospital. Both are now on "special measures".

The review was carried out following high death rates. At Medway, concerns were also raised about low staffing levels and long waiting times in A&E. Managers have been told to make immediate improvements.

The investigation was announced in February after the scandal at Stafford Hospital where 1,200 patients died unnecessarily.

Tom Savvides has our report. He speaks to widow Carol Turner, Dr Gray Smith-Laing of Medway Maritime Hospital, Sir Bruce Keogh, and widow Sarah Fleming.

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Cameron: NHS 'completely safe' in Coalition hands

David Cameron said the NHS was "completely safe" in the Government's hands after 11 failing hospitals were placed under "special measures" management.

Speaking after Sir Bruce Keogh's damning review of hospitals, the Prime Minister said: "I think everyone can have confidence in the NHS and everyone can have confidence that their local hospital either is a good hospital or is being turned around and being made into a good hospital.

David Cameron said he "loves" the NHS. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

"There is much to celebrate in our NHS and I love our NHS, and I never want to do it any harm, but we don't serve our NHS by covering up problems and difficulties and clearly there are some hospitals with too-high mortality rates."

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Jeremy Hunt: A 'watershed day' for NHS

The Health Secretary has posted a tweet admitting things had "gone wrong" in the NHS, but he proclaimed that "transparency is disinfectant" after 11 hospitals were placed under "special measures" management:

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Watershed day. Hard for Health Sec to admit things go wrong, but I'm determined to see poor care rooted out. Transparency is disinfectant.

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Basildon Trust has 'red governance' rating since 2009

High mortality, poor infection control and concerns over clinical leadership have been attributed to Basildon and Thurrock Hospital Trust's "fundamental breach of care" today.

According to Sir Bruce Keogh's report:

The Trust has an overall SHMI of 112 for the last twelve months, meaning that the number of actual deaths is higher than the expected level.

The Trust was deemed to be in significant breach by Monitor in 2009 as a result of concerns raised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

These concerns included high mortality indicators, poor infection control and concerns regarding clinical leadership. Since this period the Trust continues to have a 'red' governance rating.

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