“The data is published as the Government is considering capping the costs payable to lawyers acting for a wide range of victims of NHS negligence.”
Our Observatory published an article by the Washington Post (see HERE) that affirmed that the rate of death for Medical errors is the third leading cause of death in the United States. It is difficult don’t link this American figures with the data of this article on the UK hospitals.
We do not need to highlight the objective ethical component that such figures entail, and the need to prevent public opinion.
Patients are dying at a higher than expected rate at ten NHS hospital trusts, raising “alarms” about their safety, new figures reveal.
While official statisticians stress a high SHMI score does not necessarily indicate poor performance, they say it “should be viewed as a smoke alarm which requires further investigation”.
Hugh Williams, Deputy Chief Executive of Action Against Medical Accidents, said: “The latest figures analysing hospital mortality are very troubling.”
He affirms also that, “The Government and Care Quality Commission have to make sure that everything that can be done is being done to investigate hospital deaths and ensure high-quality care.
“If there are any problems action needs to be taken quickly to find out what has gone wrong, to be open with the families concerned and to make sure improvements are made and sustained.”
Both Blackpool and North Lincolnshire hospitals were named in a 2013 review by the medical director of the NHS into 13,000 needless deaths across 14 trusts.
Recently, a BBC investigation affirms, “Significantly high” death rates have been recorded at 19 of England’s 133 NHS trusts, a BBC investing. There were 15,396 more deaths than expected at the trusts in the period between 2011 and 2016 (BBC – 9 March 2017)
The new figures also found that 17 trusts had a lower than expected number of deaths in 2016-17. While official statisticians stress a high SHMI score does not necessarily indicate poor performance, they say it “should be viewed as a smoke alarm which requires further investigation”. They included some of the major London trusts, such as Barts Health, Chelsea and Westminster, and Imperial College Healthcare, as well as Poole and Cambridge hospitals.
The data is published as as the Government is considering capping the costs payable to lawyers acting for a wide range of victims of NHS negligence.
The Ten NHS Trusts with higher than expected deaths in 2016-17
- Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (second year running)
- James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust
- South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust (second year running)
- Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (second year running)
- Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
- The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
- United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (second year running)
- Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
- Wye Valley NHS Trust (second year running)
Published by The Telegraph,