Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Conflicting hospital reports slammed by Tories

A dozen hospitals in England are “significantly underperforming” basic safety measures despite nine of them being rated good or excellent by the official health regulator, a report said yesterday.

The latest Hospital Guide from the Dr Foster organisation also identified 27 trusts with unusually high mortality rates.

Of the 12 worst performing trusts in the new league table, nine were recently judged by the Care Quality Commission watchdog to be good or excellent.

Among those rated good was Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which last week had a task force ordered in to sort out a series of failings.

Monitor, the body which regulates foundation trusts, stepped in after a report slammed poor hygiene and standards of care and a death rate around a third higher than the national average.

The Conservatives yesterday called for a “massive overhaul” of the inspection regime, saying the data highlighted an “extraordinary contrast” between the Dr Foster and “box ticking” official assessments.

The other 11 trusts ranked lowest by Dr Foster were University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire; Weston Area Health Trust; South London Healthcare Trust; Tameside Hospital Foundation Trust; University Hospital of South Manchester and St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals Trust; Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust; Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals Foundation Trust; and Hereford Hospitals Trust are also among the 12, which are completed by Basildon and Thurrock; Lewisham; and Scarborough and North East Yorkshire.

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