Bolton, UK (PRWEB UK) 27 February 2013
After allegations of widespread clinical negligence and falling standards of medical care at the mid Staffordshire NHS trust, an investigation took place wherein 290 recommendations for improvement were made by Robert Francis QC in the wake of his comprehensive 2 year investigation .
Following this investigation, it was initially reported by the Manchester Evening News that 5 more hospitals were due to be investigated . Now, as many as 14 hospitals may be under scrutiny according to the Telegraph .
This comes after it was found by the Telegraph that a further 2,800 patients may have died needlessly in the 5 hospitals already announced  – 20% higher than average – meaning that more than 6,000 more may have died in the 14 trusts than might have been reasonably expected.
The expansion of this investigation has raised concerns, prompting campaign groups to call for the resignation of the NHS Chief Executive, Sir David Nicholson.
Leading the expanded probe will be Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of the NHS . His investigation will determine whether there is any immediate risk to patients in these hospitals.
The 14 Hospitals that will be investigated now include:
-North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
-United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
-George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
-Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
-Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
-The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
-Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
-Medway NHS Foundation Trust
-Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
-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
-East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.
Sir Bruce has said that:
“These hospitals are already working closely with a range of regulators. If there were concerns that services were unsafe the regulators should have intervened.”
“The purpose of my investigation is to assure patients, public and Parliament that these hospitals understand why they have a high mortality and have all the support they need to improve. This will be a thorough and rigorous process, involving patients, clinicians, regulators and local organisations.” 
Many welcome the intervention of Sir Bruce Keogh, but many feel that the allegedly high mortality rates are a major cause for concern.
This news comes just days after allegations that children with heart problems were left neglected and dying at the University Hospitals Bristol Foundation trust – where it is reported that 10 families will be pursuing the NHS for medical negligence compensation .
Commenting on the News, Mr John King, Business Development Manager at Asons Solicitors, said that:
“Whilst many of us feel a great deal of sympathy for the staff at the NHS who are forced to work miracles with barely any support; there are still standards of care that we are legally able to expect. Where undue and avoidable pain and suffering is caused, it falls to the NHS and the associated authorities to make amends in any way that they can”
For more information and advice on what to do in the event of poor treatment or medical negligence experienced in an NHS hospital; Asons Solicitors can help. You can visit their at http://www.asons.co.uk, or you can contact them directly on 0844 850 1062.
 “Sir Bruce Keogh announces final list of outliers” – NHS Commissioning Board 11th February 2013:
“Hospital sued over children left neglected and dying on wards” – telegraph.co.uk, 9th Feb 2013:
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