High mortality rates at 9 NHS trusts to be investigated

Amidst growing pressure in the wake of the Francis inquiry into failures at Stafford Hospital, the NHS has moved to tighten its monitoring of mortality rates in hospitals. Te failure to notice high death rates at the Stafford hospital led to widespread criticism of the NHS and it has responded by publishing a list of 9 hospitals which will be investigated due to high mortality figures.

The George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, United, Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Medway NHS Foundation Trust, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Northern Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust will all be investigated.

These hospitals were found to have mortality ratios higher than the Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio and as a result the NHS Commissioning Board was compelled to take action. This is just one of many improvements which must be made at the NHS though.

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