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Health secretary puts 11 hospital trusts in England into special measures

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 17 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4602
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Eleven of 14 hospital trusts in England that were singled out in February for having higher than expected death rates have been put into “special measures” by the government and given 12 months to act on all the recommendations made in a review to improve the quality of care they provide.

All the 14 hospitals that underwent a “deep dive” review were found to have serious problems similar to those seen at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, though not on the same scale, said the medical director of the NHS in England, Bruce Keogh, who led the review.

The review team said they could not say that similar poor standards would not be found in hospitals around the country. Keogh said the review was a call for improvement in mediocre hospitals in England.

The prime minister, David Cameron, …

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