Dr Peter Green, Chief Clinical Officer, NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group, responds to today's publication of the Keogh report.Read the full story ›
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.
"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."
ITV London's Rags Martel has reported that Basildon and Thurrock Hospital Trust was considered the "worst" out 14 trusts that had "fundamental breaches of care", a new report revealed today.
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:
Watershed day. Hard for Health Sec to admit things go wrong, but I'm determined to see poor care rooted out. Transparency is disinfectant.
- 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.
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.
Thousands more patients may have died than would be expected at 14 trusts investigated over high death rates, the Health Secretary has said.Read the full story ›
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham told the House of Commons that Basildon Hospital Trust has cut 345 nursing posts, as Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that the trust would be put under special measures for "fundamental breaches of care".
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 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.