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Inspectors probe hospital's death rate

Tameside Hospital the subject of an investigation into high death rates Photo: ITV Granada Reports

Government inspectors are at Tameside Hospital today to establish why the death rate there is one of the highest in the country.

The hospital is under the spotlight after a damning report in to patient neglect in Staffordshire.

Relatives will also get a chance to air their grievances this evening at Dukinfield Town Hall.

Tameside, is among NHS trusts including Blackpool and East Lancashire that are being looked at nationally.

A number of cases are emerging where families are angry about the treatment they've had.

In February, the Prime Minister asked Sir Bruce Keogh, a senior NHS doctor to review hospitals that had higher than average mortality figures, following the report in Mid Staffordshire.

His teams are visiting hospitals for 2 to 3 days in May and June.

Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS Medical Director Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA

STATEMENT FROM TAMESIDE HOSPITAL TRUST (First Published in February 2013)

"The Trust looks forward to receiving Sir Bruce Keogh and/or his team into the hospital.

“It is well recognised that Tameside Hospital’s Summary Hospital Mortality Indicator (SHMI) has been elevated for the last two years. In the same way as the hospital has addressed the Dr Foster reported Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio (HSMR), it has committed to working with its partner organisations to similarly reduce the SHMI.

“This additional national focus from Sir Bruce Keogh is welcomed by the hospital as it provides for an even wider–reaching review of the many complex factors that influence the SHMI across the Tameside and Glossop Health Economy. The vast and sustained improvement achieved in our HSMR indicates that addressing the SHMI requires a multi-agency approach, including the local Clinical Commissioning Group and Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council.

“Over recent years the hospital has undertaken an extensive quality improvement programme, which has seen significant quality gains across a wide range of other clinical indicators including hospital infections, falls, deep vein thrombosis screening and pressure ulcers.

“The 2012 NHS Staff Survey, Friends and Family Indicator, has identified asignificant improvement in the number of people recommending Tameside Hospital for treatment and care.”

– CHRISTINE GREEN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF TAMESIDE HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST