Personal Injury, Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence

Hospital Death Rates Inquiry

Review by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh

The failings in care and staffing at 14 Hospital Trusts with the worst death rate in England and Wales have been investigated.  Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has advised that eleven of the hospitals are being placed in special measures with the other 3 told to make improvements.

Sir Bruce Keogh; the NHS England’s medical director, has led the investigation. The report was ordered following the Francis Inquiry into Stafford Hospital.

It is understood that the report will demonstrate failings in care and staffing at 14 Hospital Trusts with the worst death rate in England and Wales.

The report will highlight concerns over nurse staffing levels, management failings, staff working long periods without breaks and poor maintenance in operating periods

Professor Sir Brian Jarman, of Imperial College London an expert in mortality rates contributed to the report and has reported that his data revealed that since 2005 there were about 13,300 more deaths than would have been expected.

Peter Walsh Chief Executive of Action against Medical Accidents said “These investigations are welcome but well overdue. The problems at these Trusts were known to the authorities well before any decision to look into them.  What patients most want to know are answers to key questions. Are these hospitals safe? Is the regulatory system robust enough to detect problems when they arise and intervene quickly to protect patients? Will those responsible for allowing these avoidable deaths to go on held to account”

For further information please revert to the report on the Department of Health website:

If you require advice in relation to poor treatment received whilst in hospital or any other issue arising from this investigation please contact our Medical Negligence Team on 0800 316 8892.