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NHS trusts criticised over healthcare standards

November 29, 2010

Poor healthcare standards have been highlighted at several NHS trusts.

NHS trusts have been criticised for substandard healthcare procedures which have resulted in patients dying unnecessarily.

According to the Dr Foster hospital guide, tens of thousands of patients were harmed during NHS hospital stays last year, with their ailments including obstetric tears while giving birth and blood clots, reports the Observer.

These problems and others similar to them led to the death of hundreds of people.

A total of 19 NHS trusts were criticised for having alarmingly high fatality rates, with Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust named as the organisation where patients have the highest risk of dying from complications after routine operations.

Peter Walsh, of patient safety body Action against Medical Accidents, said: "Our system of regulation is failing to deliver consistently good-quality care across the country or pick up on unacceptable variations and intervene."

The new NHS Atlas of Variation, which was published last week, has also shown considerable regional differences in healthcare standards between trusts, reported the Daily Telegraph.

Published by Barry Cox

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