Hospital trust to face inquiry on high death rates
BURTON'S hospitals trust is among nine which are to be investigated over their high death rates, health officials have announced.
Ministers announced last week that there would be an investigation into five trusts because of their mortality rates.
This was on the same day that a public inquiry into Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust examined failings at Stafford Hospital.
A further nine trusts were added to the list yesterday, including Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
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The national NHS Commissioning Board said these trusts had been "outliers" – or outside the normal standard – on the Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio for two years running.
Dr Craig Stenhouse, medical director of the Burton trust, said: "The trust already works closely with a range of regulators and, if there were any concerns that services were unsafe for patients, the regulators would have intervened.
"We want to reassure patients their safety is of paramount importance and we take all indicators seriously.
" We welcome this opportunity of a review from independent sources regarding how our hospital is performing and believe it is of fundamental importance these issues are openly and thoroughly investigated."