Investigation launched into Grimsby hospital death rates
GRIMSBY'S hospital is being investigated over its mortality rates, it has been announced this afternoon.
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and neighbouring United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust are both on a list of nine released today.
The NHS Commissioning Board's medical director, Sir Bruce Keogh, is heading the investigation, based on the Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio (HSMR).
Last week Sir Bruce announced he would be investigating five trusts which were identified by the Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI) as having higher than expected death rates.
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Figures suggest there were 3,000 more deaths than expected at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.
The mortality ratios at the trusts were "persistently high" between July 2010 and June 2012, according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre.
The SHMI, which compares the number of patients who die following admission to hospital with the number who would be expected to die, suggests that 3,063 more people died than expected at the trusts over the two-year period.
Sir Bruce launched the investigation last week - on the same day that the public inquiry into Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust laid bare the "disaster" of Stafford Hospital.
The findings highlighted the "appalling and unnecessary suffering of hundreds of patients” between 2005 and 2009.
The other trusts on the list of nine released today are: North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Medway NHS Foundation Trust and Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Sir Bruce promised a "thorough and rigorous" investigation.