In response to the inquiry, into neglect and abuse at the hospital led to hundreds of unnecessary deaths between 2005 and 2008, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that five other hospitals with persistently high death rates would be investigated.
All the hospitals named have had high rates for at least two years. They were Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.
Speaking in the Commons, Mr Cameron said, “I have asked the NHS medical director, Prof Bruce Keogh, to conduct an immediate investigation into the hospitals with the highest mortality rates and to check that urgent remedial action is being taken.”
Prof Keogh said, “Each of the hospitals we identify today is already under scrutiny by regulators. This clinically led and practical investigation will allow me to assure myself, Parliament and patients that these hospitals have everything they need to improve.”
The government’s full response to the public inquiry will come next month. Mr Cameron has also announced that a new post of chief inspector of hospitals will be created in the autumn.