East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has given its reaction to the Sir Bruce Keogh Review report into Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – one of 14 Trusts investigated.

The report announced in Parliament today revealed  that  11 of the 14 Trusts will be placed in special measures because of the failings found. Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of them. The Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt also announced that the TDA or Monitor will be brought into assess the quality of leadership at each hospital.*

The Review which was announced in February has looked into the quality of care and treatment  at the Trusts after mortality rates revealed they were persistent outliers.

East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in partnership with South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG, South Derbyshire CCG and North West Leicestershire CCGs had already been working with the Trust to improve areas of concern they had raised with them prior to the Review.

Chief Nurse for East Staffordshire and South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCGs, Heather Johnstone said: “East Staffordshire CCG together with our associate commissioners had already identified a number of concerns in respect of the quality of care being provided at the Trust and held a risk meeting with the Trust as part of this. Our findings were also incorporated into the review process.

She added: “We have worked closely with the Review Team including taking part in listenening events with patients and attending site vists.  Arrangements are already in place to ensure that the Review findings and the on-going quality concerns are all addressed as a matter of priority by the Trust.

“The quality and safety of care for local patients is a priority for East Staffordshire CCG. We expect the Trust to implement the recommendations of the review in full, without delay and we will be working closely with them and Monitor to ensure this happens. We will also be continuing our programme of announced and unannounced visits to the Trust as part of our quality monitoring work to ensure that the action plan produced is being implemented,” Heather said.

The outcome of this review is now available on the NHS Choices website www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/bruce-keogh-review