Fourteen hospital trusts identified with high death rates will have their standards of care exposed in a damning report.
Neglected patients were cared for by family members
The investigation was prompted by the public inquiry into the Stafford Hospital scandal that shook the UK’s healthcare system.
All the trusts investigated had high death rates, well above the expected figures between 2010-11 and 2011-12.
It has been estimated that 13,000 people could have died needlessly due to poor care, management blunders and medical errors.
The investigation has been led by NHS England medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh and highlights that the scandal at Stafford hospital was not a one-off.
Prime minister David Cameron’s spokesman has hinted that there may be repercussions for hospital board members following the poor care reports.
Cameron’s spokesman said: “Clearly there have been examples where patients and families have not received the high quality, compassionate care that it so important.
"The Government will continue to take the action that is necessary.
"I think it is important that we have a culture of accountability in our public services, very much including the NHS.
"One of the things the Prime Minister said in response to the Francis Inquiry is that a single failure regime would be set up whereby the suspensions of boards can be triggered by failures in care."
The trusts which have been under review are:
- Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
- Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust
- The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
- East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
- George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
- Medway NHS Foundation Trust
- North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
- Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
In the report there were examples of patients being given antibiotics to which they were allergic to, patients with highly contagious infections placed in communal areas and receptionists deciding who to care for in A&E.
The report is expected to shake up the NHS after showing poor care and needless deaths dating back to 2005. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt is thought to be sending in teams to combat the problems at the worst-affected hospitals.
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