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CQC identifies 'high risk' NHS Trusts

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has identified in a recent report that 23 NHS Trusts across the country are categorised as ‘high risk’ with the most serious level of concern, including higher than expected mortality rates across their hospitals.

All 161 NHS Trusts were split into bands according to their risk, with band 1 being the highest risk and band 6 the lowest.

In the North West region, Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust was named as a band 1 Trust with 5 elevated risks and 8 risks. The report found the Trust had a ‘higher than expected’ mortality rate, they scored poorly in the inpatient survey regarding having confidence and trust in the doctors and there was a risk of catching MRSA.

In July this year, Tameside was told by the CQC that they urgently needed to make improvements to ensure their patients received services which would meet the national standards.

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust were ranked in band 3, with Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust in band 4.

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust were in band 5.

The lowest risk Trusts in the North West were identified as Stockport NHS Foundation Trust and the Christie NHS Foundation Trust.

The CQC will use the intelligence monitoring data to inform its new inspection regime of all NHS Trusts by December 2015.

By Sarah Fairclough, clinical negligence team