Eleven NHS hospital trusts have been placed in special measures following the report from NHS England boss Bruce Keogh on 14 hospital trusts with high death rates.
Jeremy Hunt enforced special measures on 11 hospital trusts
Specialist ‘hit squads’ will target the worst affected hospital trusts and take over from poor management that has cost lives and caused unnecessary deaths.
Examples of poor care and mismanagement included patients left unmonitored in corridors, high numbers of preventable accidents and families feeding and cleaning patients who had been ignored by nurses despite pressing their emergency buzzers.
Health inspectors who reviewed the hospital trusts even had to step in to prevent harm coming to patients whilst on duty. Two operating theatres were shut down immediately during an inspection because they were deemed so unsafe. Another inspector assisted with one patient who was being ignored due to nurses who ‘lacked compassion’.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced on Tuesday that teams will be put in place in eleven hospital trusts following the report by Professor Bruce Keogh.
Hunt, speaking in the House of Commons, said: “We have taken swift and tough action to make sure these hospitals are given all necessary support to improve.
"We owe it to the three million people who use the NHS every week to tackle and confront mediocrity and inadequate leadership head on."
Sir Bruce Keogh’s team of inspectors highlighted areas that needed to be addressed immediately to control the unnecessary harm towards patients.
Sir Keogh said: "Not one of these trusts has been given a clean bill of health by my review teams.
"These reviews have been highly rigorous and uncovered previously undisclosed problems. This is a very difficult day for the NHS because we are laying bare some truths.”
The 11 trusts in special measures are:
- North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
- Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
- Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
- George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
- Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
- Medway NHS Foundation Trust
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