Following the publication of the investigation by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of the NHS, into the mortality rates at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, Chief Executive, Kevin McGee, has issued the following statement:
“The Trust welcomes the findings of Professor Keogh’s review team and has started implementing an action plan to address recommendations raised. The review was commissioned by the Department of Health because of historically high mortality rates and I’m pleased to say that since the Trust commissioned its own external review in 2011 improvements in mortality rates have been seen.
“What is clear from this review is that while we are on the right track to improving mortality rates, we need to increase the pace of change and as a small Trust, we welcome any support to help us achieve this.
“We are fully committed to addressing all the recommendations raised in the review and continuing to develop a clinically sustainable safe model of care that meets the needs of local people now and into the future.
“I am keen to emphasise the review team’s praise for staff at the hospital, many of whom they described as ‘outstanding and dedicated individuals’ and ‘passionate and loyal’. We’ve always acknowledged the dedication of our workforce and this will be vital as we continue our journey to develop a sustainable model of care that people can be proud of.”
“We are always looking to improve the service we provide and if patients have any feedback we would urge them to contact our Patient Advice and Liaison (PALS) team.”