Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

MPs Back Hospital Investigation

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

MPs Back Hospital Investigation

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MPs have welcomed a new probe into death rates at Tameside hospital - but say inspectors must be given the power to act on their findings. It emerged yesterday that Tameside was one of five hospitals to be subject to a special investigation in the light of the Francis Report into hundreds of avoidable deaths at Mid- Staffordshire NHS Trust between 2005-2009. Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director at the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) is looking at hospitals with the worst excess mortality rates between in 2010- 2012. Tameside currently has the second highest in the country after Blackpool, according to a report published last month. MPs Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge and Hyde), David Heyes (Ashton-under-Lyne) and Andrew Gwynne (Denton and Reddish) said yesterday that local people deserved a hospital they could trust. But they said they wanted reassurances Prof Keogh would be backed to take any action necessary to make improvements, including sacking failing bosses. …

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