Scunthorpe General Hospital investigation: Timescale and terms of reference to be announced
In response to a request from the Prime Minister, Sir Bruce Keogh (the Medical Director) announced an investigation into hospitals that are persistent outliers on mortality indicators.
Sir Bruce identified an initial list of five organisations that had been outliers for two years on the Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI), and said that he would announce further hospitals shortly.
Today (Monday, January 11) Sir Bruce announced the final list of hospitals that will be looked at as part of his investigation.
These are the following nine organisations that have been outliers for two years on the Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio (HSMR):
• North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
• United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
• George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
• Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
• Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
• The Dudley Group NHS FT
• Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS FT
• Medway NHS FT
• Burton Hospitals NHS FT
Sir Bruce said: "These hospitals are already working closely with a range of regulators. If there were concerns that services were unsafe the regulators should have intervened."
"The purpose of my investigation is to assure patients, public and Parliament that these hospitals understand why they have a high mortality and have all the support they need to improve. This will be a thorough and rigorous process, involving patients, clinicians, regulators and local organisations."
Sir Bruce will shortly announce the timescale and terms of reference for this investigation.
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