Trust which runs Grantham Hospital under investigation over mortality rates
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust - the body which runs Grantham Hospital - is being investigated over its mortality rates.
The trust is one of 14 hospital trusts under investigation. Initially five trusts were being looked into but nine more, including United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, were added to the list.
The investigation was launched in response to a request from the Prime Minister in the wake of the Stafford Hospital scandal.
The investigation is being led by Sir Bruce Keogh.
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.”
A spokesman for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust said: We welcome the investigation into mortality indicators within our Trust and hope that it will provide an opportunity to demonstrate the progress that we have made on mortality thanks to the hard work of our staff.
Our mortality figures have improved in the last year. Our SHMI continues to fall from a peak of 133 in quarter 3 2009/10. In the last available quarter (to June 2012), the Trust was no longer an outlier, with a quarterly SHMI of 106.28. Our HSMR figure
has also shown recent improvement.
“Additionally, we have made significant improvements in all areas of patient safety, demonstrated by recent inspections carried out by the Care Quality Commission that have shown two minor concerns, compared to 14 major, moderate and minor concerns raised in 2011.”
“There is still more work to do, and we are focussing on key improvements to bring our mortality ratios down even further, including the introduction of “a plan for every patient”, daily ward rounds by senior doctors and implementing care bundles.”
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