In the aftermath of the Mid Staffordshire Foundation NHS Trust Report, the government has announced that a further five hospitals are being investigated for having higher than expected death rates.
The study looked at patient mortality rates at hospitals across the country between July 2010 and June 2010 and compared the number of patients who died following admission to hospital, to the number who would be expected to die given the characteristics of the patients who were treated at each hospital. It is therefore tailored to local circumstances and the type of treatment carried out at individual hospitals.
The hospitals under investigation are:
Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust
Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
East Lancashire Hospital NHS Trust
Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
It was higher than expected death rates that triggered the investigation into events at Stafford Hospital, culminating in the report authored by Robert Francis QC which found that up to 1,200 deaths had occurred as a result of negligent medical care.
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