Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust's response to Sir Bruce Keogh’s review into the quality of its care and treatment.
Dr Peter Green, Chief Clinical Officer, NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group, responds to today's publication of the Keogh report.
Thousands more patients may have died than would be expected at 14 trusts investigated over high death rates, the Health Secretary has said.
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.”
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.
Poor care, medical mistakes and hundreds of unnecessary deaths was the verdict today on an Essex hospital trust. Basildon and Thurrock has been labelled as the worst of 14 trusts nationwide condemned in a in a report commissioned by the government and published today.
Sharon Thomas reports:
Jackie Doyle-Price MP for Thurrock in Essex has told ITV London that special measures due to be put on 14 hospital trusts "will work" because the Health Secretary has "outlined it himself".
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.