Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
In February 2013 a further nine NHS trusts were identified as being in need of investigation following the Mid Staffordshire scandal. Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust was one of the bodies highlighted due to having a higher death rate than expected for two consecutive years. - According to mortality rates for the trust there were 236 excess deaths, approximately ten per cent above the number expected.
Medical director of the NHS Commissioning Board Sir Bruce Keogh said that the investigation will help reassure patients that the hospitals understand their failings and are improving, and will also ensure hospitals get the support they need to improve standards.
Following the publication of the report chief nurse and director of patient care standards Lynne Swiatczak said that the trust’s “regular detailed reviews of patient case notes and mortality data has not identified any areas of concern with patient care” but said that action would be taken to tackle the figures.
Actions plans are now in place at the hospital and while improvements have been seen year-on-year, in April 2013 the trust was given 30 days to show improvements after it was found that staffing levels on the wards at Stoke Mandeville Hospital needed to be improved.
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