Hospital denies covering up high mortality rates

Basildon Recorder: Hospital denies covering up high mortality rates Hospital denies covering up high mortality rates

BOSSES at Basildon Hospital have hit back at claims they “covered up” the full extent of death rates.

The Echo previously told how Julie Bailey, of the Cure the NHS campaign, accused the hospital of “massaging” its death rate figures.
 

Between 2007 and 2009 Basildon Hospital had one of the highest rates of deaths amongst patients in the country, but this dropped by 8.5 percent in 2009.
 

This significant improvement caused critics to accuse the hospital of hiding true figures by recording the number of people dying from incurable diseases separately.
 

Clare Panniker, chief executive of Basildon Hospital, said: “We still have a high mortality indicator and the reduction of that is our absolute priority. We are in no way denying we have an issue, but we do deny that there was ever any inappropriate behaviour here to manipulate our figures.”
 

At the time figures improved, more clinic coders who log the cause of death of patients were recruited.
 

Whilst bosses include the accuracy of clinic coding as a reason for significant improvements, bosses insist a focus on improving clinical care was the key factor.
 

Mark Magrath, commercial director, said: “We can see the number of patients that died reduced quite significantly, and this is where the idea that the information has been altered or manipulated in some way probably comes from.”
 

In December 2011 Parkhill Internal Audit Services carried out an investigation at Basildon Hospital which found that only two patients appeared to be coded incorrectly.
 

The report stated there was “no evidence to suggest that patient episodes have been miscoded to palliative care and therefore the numbers reported can be considered accurate”.
 

Despite improvements the hospital, in Nethermayne, Basildon, is one of 14 trusts in the country currently under review for its high mortality rates.
 

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4:44pm Mon 1 Apr 13

Howard Chase says...

how many 'bosses' are there at the Hospital then?

Could their Boss speak up rather than having whole load of subordinates flannelling
how many 'bosses' are there at the Hospital then? Could their Boss speak up rather than having whole load of subordinates flannelling Howard Chase
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5:32pm Mon 1 Apr 13

Nebs says...

Howard Chase wrote:
how many 'bosses' are there at the Hospital then?

Could their Boss speak up rather than having whole load of subordinates flannelling
You only hear the boss when there is good news.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Chase[/bold] wrote: how many 'bosses' are there at the Hospital then? Could their Boss speak up rather than having whole load of subordinates flannelling[/p][/quote]You only hear the boss when there is good news. Nebs
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8:02pm Mon 1 Apr 13

Rochford Rob says...

Lots of waffle and spin. Just how many people died there?
Lots of waffle and spin. Just how many people died there? Rochford Rob
  • Score: 2

8:34pm Mon 1 Apr 13

billericay boy says...

The Echo previously told how Julie Bailey, of the Cure the NHS campaign, accused the hospital of “massaging” its death rate figures. In the mean time the echo are going to have a séance to find out the the truth....
The Echo previously told how Julie Bailey, of the Cure the NHS campaign, accused the hospital of “massaging” its death rate figures. In the mean time the echo are going to have a séance to find out the the truth.... billericay boy
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9:46pm Tue 2 Apr 13

shoebury52 says...

It's a hospital people die, fact of life. You go to hospital when your ill. Some people just don't survive despite efforts made by the hospital and staff.
It's a hospital people die, fact of life. You go to hospital when your ill. Some people just don't survive despite efforts made by the hospital and staff. shoebury52
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10:47pm Tue 2 Apr 13

Biker One says...

shoebury52 wrote:
It's a hospital people die, fact of life. You go to hospital when your ill. Some people just don't survive despite efforts made by the hospital and staff.
And my wife works there. Too many managers putting too many restrictions on what the nurses can and can't do. The NHS needs to streamline, get rid of the managers and let the consultants say what needs to be done and allow the nurses to 'nurse'
Yes people do die in hospital, where else do they? other than at home or in a hospice or unexpected due to a road traffic accident or other situation!
[quote][p][bold]shoebury52[/bold] wrote: It's a hospital people die, fact of life. You go to hospital when your ill. Some people just don't survive despite efforts made by the hospital and staff.[/p][/quote]And my wife works there. Too many managers putting too many restrictions on what the nurses can and can't do. The NHS needs to streamline, get rid of the managers and let the consultants say what needs to be done and allow the nurses to 'nurse' Yes people do die in hospital, where else do they? other than at home or in a hospice or unexpected due to a road traffic accident or other situation! Biker One
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