Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals told to improve team work

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 05 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:715
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    The hospital with some of the highest death rates among patients with heart problems in the United Kingdom has been ordered to improve poor team working and lack of quality checks.

    The NHS standards watchdog, the Healthcare Commission, published the findings of its investigation into the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust and said that mortality for heart surgery was within acceptable limits.

    But the commission said that the trust's cardiothoracic surgical unit lacked key components of a high quality service and needed to improve.

    The investigation was prompted by concern over higher than expected mortality and a history of problems …

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