WORKFORCE: Southend clinical commissioning group accountable officer Dr Paul Husselbee has been selected to join Sir Bruce Keogh’s advisory group to review 14 hospitals which have had higher than expected mortality rates.

The group will guide the overall review process and advise on how to ensure a robust and consistent approach is taken to conducting the individual investigations. 

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS medical director and national medical director at the NHS Commissioning Board, said: “These investigations are an opportunity to take a good look into some of our hospitals which for one reason or another are persistent outliers on mortality indicators.

“I want to assure patients, the public and parliament that these hospitals understand why they have a higher than expected mortality rate and that appropriate action is being taken.”

“The investigation will seek to determine whether there are any sustained failings in quality of care and treatment being provided to patients and to identify whether existing action to improve quality is adequate. It will also seek to identify whether any additional external support.”