The report was ordered by the government following Robert Francis QC’s public inquiry report into the Stafford scandal, which exposed appalling lapses in both the care of patients and the regulation of hospitals. The hospitals all showed higher than expected mortality rates.
Keogh declared there needed to be “urgent reviews of safe staffing levels” and singled out dangerous staff shortages on nights and weekends. He also attacked the reliance on sub-standard agency workers being used as cover.
The 14 hospital trusts named in the report are Basildon and Thurrock in Essex; United Lincolnshire; Blackpool; The Dudley Group, West Midlands; George Eliot, Warwickshire; Northern Lincolnshire and Goole; Tameside, Greater Manchester; Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire; Colchester, Essex; Medway, Kent; Burton, Staffordshire; North Cumbria; East Lancashire; and Buckinghamshire Healthcare.