Private Business Intermediaries

NHS high 'death rate' hospitals inquiry extended

01/03/2013 | By Peter Walker
The Care Quality Commission (CQC), has extended its inquiry into hospitals with higher than expected death rates to a total of 14 NHS hospitals and named the panel.

Following on from the enquiry that showed that many patients had died due to poor standards of care at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust the new panel is due to look at other hospitals where more patients die than would be expected in a well performing hospital, for their age and condition.

The panel is to be lead by Sir Bruce Keogh, the other members were named on Wednesday 27th February 2013 and they are:
  • David Behan -  Care Quality Commission chief executive
  • Lord Darzi - Former minister and leader of the review of Hospital Services in London  
  • Sir Ian Kennedy - Former Healthcare Commission chair
  • Sir Jonathan Michael -  Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Trust chief executive

The list of hospitals under review due to their higher than expected death rates are:
  • Colchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Essex
  • Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Greater Manchester
  • Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Basildon and Thurrock General Hospitals NHS Trust in Essex
  • East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust in Warwickshire
  • Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust in the West Midlands
  • Sherwood  Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Nottinghamshire
  • Medway NHS Foundation Trust in Kent
  • Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Burton-upon-Trent

Private hospitals are also regulated by the CQC, yet none are under investigation. The Mid Staffs Enquiry pointed to patients not receiving even basic levels of nursing care, in contrast with the outstanding levels of nursing care provided by private hospitals in the UK, in the opinion of Freedom Health.

NHS hospitals do face enormous pressures related to under staffing and emergency admissions that do not occur in the private hospital sector. 

It is important to be aware that NHS patients in the UK can take their right to choose where they are treated and thus it is vital that patients do, where possible, research their treatment options before selecting where they are to be teated. See our report on the Dr Foster Hospital guide.

Some people may wish to be treated in a private hospital where standards of care have not been found to be at fault.