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Tameside Hospital being taken out of Special Measures is a step in the right direction

Two years ago the Keogh Review inspected 14 hospitals in England and Wales placing 11 of them into Special Measures. Tameside Hospital was one of the 11 and the only hospital in Manchester to be targeted by the review which was tasked to inspect NHS Trusts with high mortality rates.

Criticized for a number of areas including its poor quality of patient care and lack of staff, the Trust was taken out of Special Measures in mid-September 2015 yet still has a number of areas highlighted as ‘needing improvement’ including safety, effectiveness and responsiveness.

Employing around 2,400 staff and providing services to approximately 250,000 patients, news that Tameside Hospital has been taken out of Special Measures is a positive development but much still needs to be improved by the Trust.

Reports last year stated that there were 178 more deaths at Tameside Hospital than expected during 2014 according to the Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). The report covered 137 NHS Trusts in total with Tameside Hospital one of three in the North West and one of 11 across the country found to have a ‘higher than expected’ number of patient deaths.

The NHS Trusts found to have a ‘higher than expected’ mortality rate last year included:

• South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust
• James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
• Wye Valley NHS Trust
• Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
• Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
• Medway NHS Foundation Trust
• North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
• East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
• Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
• East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
• Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Tameside Hospital also had a high death rate amongst its patients the previous year. As the Trust is brought out of Special Measures, it’s clear to see that it continues to face significant challenges to bring the level of patient care to an acceptable standard.

Linder Myers Solicitors has one of the largest and most experienced team of specialist clinical and medical negligence lawyers in England and Wales. Our team of specialists are readily available to listen to and discuss incidents of negligence.

If you, or someone you know, has been injured due to negligence at Tameside Hospital please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team on 0800 085 3295.

Alternatively, please email a summary of your potential claim and contact details to clinnegenquiries@lindermyers.co.uk

 

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