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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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Key findings in deaths report at Basildon Hospital

  • The Trust has an SHMI of 112 compared to a level of 92 for elective admissions.
  • 92.3% of patients attended A&E within 4 hours in 2012- below the 95% target level.
  • 66 out of 144 (46%) individual comments received on the patient voice helpline were negative.
  • Frequent bed moves for inpatients.
  • Inappropriate discharge arrangements
  • Examples of a lack of compassion from some staff
  • PALS appearing to serve the hospital rather than the patient.
  • An absence of organisational stability and frequent external reviews have led to a lack of clear prioritisation on improvement plans.
  • There is a lack of clarity of governance.
  • A focus on quality is still being developed.
  • There is a gap between ward level and Board level in terms of understanding of quality governance arrangements.
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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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Hunt: Review found 'NHS reputation mattered more than patients'

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the review had found the NHS's reputation mattered more than individual patients and targets mattered more than people.

We owe it to the 3 million who use the NHS every week to tackle and confront abuse, incompetence and weak leadership head-on.

No statistics are perfect but mortality rates suggest since 2005 thousands more people may have died than would normally be expected at the 14 trusts reviewed by Sir Bruce.

Worryingly in half of those trusts the CQC (Care Quality Commission), the regulator specifically responsible for patient safety and care, failed to spot any real cause for concern rating them as compliant with basic standards.

Alarming death rates in our hospitals, report says

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in the House of Commons on the publication of the review on higher-than-expected death rates. Credit: PA

Alarming death rates and grave medical errors have been highlighted in a damning report today into three hospital trusts in our region.

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust - which includes Stoke Mandaville Hospital - recorded 309 more deaths than expected last year.

Medway and Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals also had worryingly high death rates.

All three hospitals are now under special measures with Government teams to be brought in to oversee their management.

Medway had an excess of 232 with Basildon and Thurrock recording 188 more deaths than expected last year. There is also concern about staffing, nursing standards, care of dementia patients and infection control.

In the last hour the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said all the Trusts will be re-inspected within the next year.

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