Failings in care and problems with staffing at the 14 hospital trusts with the worst death rates in England are to be exposed.
The investigation was launched earlier this year following the public inquiry into the Stafford Hospital scandal.
The probe has been led by NHS England’s medical director Prof Sir Bruce Keogh.
It has focused on whether the figures indicate sustained failings in the quality of care and treatment at the trusts.
Investigators have been looking at whether existing action by the trusts to improve quality is adequate or whether they are in need of any “additional external support”.
The report was ordered amid concern that failing hospitals were not being held to account following the criticisms of the Francis Inquiry into Stafford Hospital, which said the public had been betrayed by a system which put “corporate self-interest” ahead of patients.
Its understood the Keogh report – as well as flagging up management failings – will also point to concerns over nurse staffing levels in the 14 hospitals under investigation.
The report will suggest there is a link between inadequate staffing levels and poor standards of care.
Its expected the report will say: “When the review teams visited the hospitals, they found frequent examples of inadequate numbers of nursing staff in some ward areas.”
Sir Bruce Keogh’s report will say all 14 hospitals are undertaking an urgent review of “safe staffing levels.”
Sir Bruce Keogh’s report makes damning and sobering reading:
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