11 Hospital Trusts are Chastised due to Major Failures

11 Hospital Trusts are Chastised due to Major Failures

Eleven NHS hospital trusts are facing special measures due to major failings. The Trusts are under investigation because they had the highest death rates in 2010- 11 and 2011 -12.
The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed that 14 hospitals within the Trusts have been investigated for high death rates. He called for tough action and gave examples of problems with staffing poor care and weak leadership in his announcement to Parliament. Two operating theatres have been shut down due to poor maintenance standards and inadequate record keeping.
Mr Hunt confirmed that investigators believe that the leaders in the Trusts are competent enough to make these much needed changes. Internal experts will be sent to the 11 Trusts to work with the senior management teams to uncover the extent of the medical negligence. They will give regular progress updates from the Trusts and practices that have been deemed unsafe.
The review team behind the investigation states that the failing in the 11 Trusts are nowhere near as bad as the failings at Stafford Hospital Trust. The problems highlighted by the Stafford enquiry have sparked this investigation and action by the government.
Mr Hunt has created a detailed breakdown of the medical negligence problems in the trusts which the BBC reported. Problems include:
Patients unmonitored and left on trolleys for excessive periods of time
Poor communication from consultants and in particular complaints of consultants talking down to patients
Poor maintenance of operating theatres potentially putting patients in danger.
Patients often being moved repeatedly between wards without an explanation.
Staff working for 12 days in a row without a break.
Backlogs in complaints
Patients inappropriately exposed where there were both male and female patients present.
Low levels of clinical staff cover – especially out of hours and at weekends
Hospital Boards being unaware of problems such as a spate of still births in one Trust.
“We have taken swift and tough action to make sure these hospitals are given all necessary support to improve.” Mr Hunt said.
“We owe it to the three million people who use the NHS every week to tackle and confront mediocrity and inadequate leadership head on.”
Sir Bruce Keogh who is leading the review told the BBC:
“Not one of these trusts has been given a clean bill of health by my review teams. These reviews have been highly rigorous and uncovered previously undisclosed problems.”
“I felt it was crucial to provide a clear diagnosis to write the prescription and most importantly to identify what help these organisations might need to support their recovery or accelerate improvement.
“Mediocrity is simply not good enough and based on the findings from this review I have set out an achievable ambition which will help these hospitals improve dramatically over the next two years.”
The 11 Trusts that in special measures are:
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Medway NHS Foundation Trust
Three other Trusts which were investigated are:
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust
The Trusts investigated manage 19 acute hospitals (16 of those are now run on special measures).
Mr Hunt blames the former Labour Government for not highlighting the problems in the NHS.
Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has argued against this and said that Mr Hunt is “playing politics with people’s lives".
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If you or a family member has suffered due to poor care or treatment in hospital contact Michael Lewin Solicitors to discuss a potential medical negligence claim on 0113 2185700.

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