High Mortality Rates In 16 NHS Trusts, Report Reveals

6 December 2013

High Mortality Rates In 16 NHS Trusts, Report Reveals

Health statistics firm Dr Foster has released a guide which shows that sixteen NHS trusts in England have higher than expected mortality rates amongst patients.

Although the overall figure for trusts is down from 20 the previous year to 16, 13 of those 16 scored poorly on at least half of the major indicators relating to patient death. These indicators covered issues such as a standard measure of in-hospital deaths, deaths within 30 days of the patient leaving hospital, deaths after surgery and deaths among people with low-risk conditions who were not considered imminent risk cases but who subsequently passed away.

Five of these 13 trusts- Blackpool, Medway, North Cumbria, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole, and United Lincolnshire hospital trust-were investigated earlier in 2013 by NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh over accusations of poor standards of care. Blackpool in particularly had higher mortality rates across three of the four indicators.

The following trusts had death rates in hospital that were "significantly higher" than expected.

-Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

-Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

-George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

-Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

-Medway NHS Foundation Trust

-Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

-North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

-North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

-Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

-Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

-Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Foster director of research Roger Taylor said: "These findings reveal overall that while the number of people who are dying in hospital has risen slightly since last year it is still a much more improved picture than in the 10 years previous.

'This year, following the inquiry in Mid Staffordshire, the NHS has renewed its efforts to tackle avoidable mortality resulting from failures in healthcare.

"Hospital level mortality indicators can provide vital insights into where problems are worst.

"They also help us to monitor the extent to which outcomes for patients are improving. We are pleased that there are fewer hospitals with outlying high mortality rates this year compared to last."

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