Boss says perception of Scunthorpe hospital 'has been damaged'
The chief executive of the region's health trust says that the reputation of its hospitals has been damaged by its recent publicised failings.
Karen Jackson told North Lincolnshire Council's health scrutiny panel that improving the trust's mortality rate remained an absolute priority.
In the wake of the damning Transforming Health report, trust bosses have said they are committed to going ahead with a "phase two" report to monitor the situation. And they said at the meeting that they are determined to achieve the objectives outlined in the 42 point action plan the trust published after the report.
Mrs Jackson, said: "This is not a position that we aspire to be in and the perception of the hospital to the community has been damaged."
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Councillor Jean Bromby, head of the scrutiny panel, questioned whether the members of the trust felt the report was a fair reflection on Scunthorpe General Hospital and the trust as a whole.
As part of the report, the independent body visited ward 28 at Scunthorpe General Hospital, the female surgery ward.
Mrs Jackson said she believed it was fair, but did have its drawbacks, leaving the trust unsure whether to use health expert Stephen Ramsden and his team, who wrote the initial report, for the second phase of the review.
"The wards that were visited were the wards that we knew we could improve on and not representative of all the other wards," she said.
"We should not hide behind whether we think it is fair or not. We took them to the places we thought needed some input but this was not fair on the whole trust.
"I do think that we need a phase two, but given this report, the internal report and the lengths we had to go for it to be accurate, I am not sure these are the right people."
Liz Scott, medical director at the trust, said she felt the report was "tolerable", and despite criticisms of the previous one, welcomed an updated version.
"What is absolutely important is that there were some really important and useful observations," she said.
Health bosses pointed to the most up-to-date figures for August 2012 that showed the risk adjusted mortality index (RAMI) found a reduction in the mortality rates at Scunthorpe General Hospital.
The crude mortality rate had fallen to 1.62 per cent, a fall of 0.2 per cent on the previous year.
Alison Cook, chief officer (designate) of the NHS North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "There is more work that needs to be done around mortality and we need to make sure that we get the right people in place to do that."
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