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Hospital abuse lawyer reacts to latest NHS death rates report

Report from Health and Social Care Information Centre shows 6 trusts had higher than expected death rates between 2011 and 2013

31 January 2014

The lawyer representing over 200 people claiming abuse within the NHS has said she is not surprised after new data showed that six NHS trusts, two still in special measures, have "persistently" high death rates.

The report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) showed the trusts have had higher than expected death rates for patients who die in hospital or within 30 days of discharge, over a period of two years from July 2011 to June 2013.

The six trusts with persistently high death rates are Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Wye Valley NHS Trust, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Several of these trusts, including Blackpool, Aintree and Colchester, have featured in other lists - compiled by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and analysts Dr Foster - warning of high death rates. Blackpool has also been investigated by NHS medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh.

Today's report is based on the Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI), which is the ratio between the actual number of patients who die following treatment at the trust and the number that would be expected to die on the basis of average England figures.

Emma Jones from the Human Rights team at Leigh Day, is handling 225 cases of abuse and neglect at UK hospitals, these include allegations against Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Ms Jones said: “Unfortunately, whilst much has been made of the excellent report by Robert Francis QC from the Stafford inquiry, and the warm crowd pleasing noises being made by the Government, we continue to see cases of dreadful abuse and neglect taking place.

“These allegations are within a health service which needs protecting in order for it to retain its trusted position in society.”

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