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Review into the quality of care and treatment provided by 14 hospital trusts in England: overview report

On 6th February, the Prime Minister and Secretary of State asked me to review the quality of care and treatment being provided by those hospital trusts in England that have had higher than average mortality rates over the last two years. The review was announced in a statement to the House of Commons responding to the publication of the Mid Staffordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry Report.

The 14 NHS trusts which fall within the scope of this review were selected on the basis that they have been outliers for the last two consecutive years on one of two well-established measures of mortality: the Summary Hospital Level Mortality Indicator (SHMI) or the Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio (HSMR). This report summarises the findings and actions resulting from the reviews into the 14 hospitals.