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Twelve hospital trusts significantly underperforming

30th November 2009

The Dr Foster Hospital Guide has rated twelve NHS hospital trusts as "significantly underperforming" although eight were recently rated as "good" or "excellent" by the Care Quality Commission.


The guide, which gives trusts a score from one to five based on a set of "safety indicators", also said 27 trusts had "unusually high" death rates.

The Care Quality Commission, who published their own ratings in October, said they did not see a need to re-address their own findings, although they were monitoring a "small number" of hospitals.

Baroness Young, head of the CQC, said to the BBC that some of the information was "very legitimate", but some was "quite alarmist".

The Dr Foster guide has been met with strong opposition from some trusts, including University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, who said the report was a "grossly misleading assessment".

The trust released a statement and said that Dr Foster had rated them as one of top ten safest hospitals in England in 2008.

The twelve hospitals with the lowest scores 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 were also included in the group, which also contained Basildon and Thurrock; Lewisham; and Scarborough and North East Yorkshire.        

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Article Information

Title: Twelve hospital trusts significantly underperforming
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 13414
Date Added: 30th Nov 2009


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