Mortality Rates

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Exclusive: Death review backlog still growing despite NHSE commitment

A backlog of thousands of deaths of people with learning disabilities awaiting official review has grown further, despite NHS England committing in spring last year to “address” the buildup.

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Three patients died after delayed cancer tests at teaching hospital

Three people died of cancer and another four came to severe harm after their endoscopies were delayed, a teaching hospital trust has confirmed.

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Clinical trial to resume after pathologist reverses decision on death

Researchers plan to restart high-dose radiotherapy in a cancer trial after refuting the outcome of a coroner’s inquest.

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Hospital trust criticised for ‘intolerable’ waits and failure to learn from deaths

An independent review into mortality has exposed serious workforce problems and a failure to learn from deaths at a hospital trust.

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Trust and NHSI investigating weekend death rates gap

An acute trust is investigating a “significant” gap between mortality rates for patients admitted at weekends and those admitted during the week – which it says could be partly due to lack of “wrap around” services in the community on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Revealed: The CCGs where cancer referral is slowest

One London borough has nearly double the national average rate on an indicator that general practice is missing the early signs of cancer.

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NHS England launches independent review of teen death cover-up

An independent review is to be held into the death of a teenager after a clinical commissioning group interfered in an earlier investigation.

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Lung cancer death trust is an outlier on surgery

The trust at the centre of a lung cancer deaths scandal has been identified as an outlier for providing surgery on fewer early stage patients than is normal.

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Breast cancer target performance drops 10pp in a year

Performance against a target for the NHS to quickly see patients with suspected breast cancer fell by more than 10 percentage points in the last financial year, new data reveals.

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NHSE to step in after CCG rewrote teenager's mortality review

NHS England is to issue new guidance to clinical commissioning groups in the wake of an alleged cover-up of a teenager’s avoidable death.

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CCG rewrote mortality review to eliminate blame

A clinical commissioning group altered a review of the death of a teenager with a learning disability – including removing a finding that it was “avoidable” – sparking concern that the national system may be flawed.

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Leaked report shows 'continuing' problems with mortality reviews

NHS England has been told to support areas which are failing to deal with a backlog of reviews into the deaths of learning disability patients, according to a new report.

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Major delays to national deaths review policy

A national scheme to improve safety with closer scrutiny of deaths is seeing major delays, with a large majority of areas missing its planned go-live date, HSJ has learned.

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Counting confusion sparks artificial spike in mortality scores

An increase in so-called same day emergency care patients and confusion over how they should be counted has caused an artificial hike in some hospitals’ mortality scores, senior sources have told HSJ.

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New report stresses link between nurses and safety

A new review of safe staffing evidence has warned increasing the proportion of healthcare assistants on wards can raise the risk of poor care.

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New lead appointed for national death review service

NHS Improvement and the Department of Health and Social Care have appointed a national medical examiner to oversee the introduction of the new death review service.

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Trust blames coding problems for high death rate

A review of deaths at a trust with elevated mortality rates has suggested coding issues, and not care quality, as the likely cause, HSJ has been told.

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NHSI cautions trust over inaccurate mortality picture

Regulators have written to the chair of a hospital trust at the centre of a probe into maternity care to raise concerns it gave an inaccurate picture of the service’s mortality rates at a public board meeting.

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Exclusive: Up to 250 deaths to be reviewed at surgery crisis trust

An expert panel is reviewing records of hundreds of patients who died after heart surgery at a major teaching trust, whose cardiac unit is grappling with severe quality and culture concerns, HSJ can reveal.

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Chief coroner warns over watered down medical examiner role

England’s chief coroner has raised concerns over the independence of proposed new medical examiners in the NHS and warned the system will not tackle gaps exploited by the serial killer GP Harold Shipman.