The NHS Commissioning Board (NCB) is taking steps to try and bring down the concerning mortality rates in some of the nation’s hospitals. Nine NHS trusts have been identified by the NCB as trusts which must be investigated due to their high mortality rates. An initial list of 5 trusts was released at the start of February but was quickly followed by an updated list released on the 11th which were shown to be out of line with the Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio.
Here are the nine hospitals set to be investigated:
1. Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
2. Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
3. The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
4. George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
5. Medway NHS Foundation Trust
6. North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
7. Northern Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
8. Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
9. United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
The NCB has been forced into taking stronger action over hospitals with high death rates after it was criticised following the investigation into failures at the Stafford Hospital. Nevertheless, the fact that the NHS is taking measured to reduce mortality rates is a very positive sign and it is vital that these nine hospitals improve.
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