TAMESIDE MPs have welcomed the announcement that a high level investigation will scrutinise the performance of Tameside Hospital.
Tameside has been identified as one of five hospitals where Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicators have been high for the past two years that will be looked at.
They will each be scrutinised as part of the inquiry – to be led by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh – which was announced on Wednesday, following the publication of the Francis Report on the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry.
The exact terms of reference of the inquiry are expected to be announced next week. However the launch of the inquiry has already been welcomed by Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds, Ashton MP David Heyes and Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne.
Commenting on the announcement the Tameside MPs said: "We welcome this inquiry into Tameside Hospital.
"The people of Tameside deserve access to hospital services and healthcare that they can trust – but for too long there have been strong indications that this has not been the case.
"Although there are signs that the hospital has been making some improvements, we are still contacted by too many people who complain about delayed and poor treatment.
"As MPs, we have worked consistently with the Hospital, the CQC and Monitor to ensure care is of the requisite standard and that local people can have confidence that it is. At times we have had to be extremely frank with the Hospital management about how they are viewed by our constituents, and request changes to key personnel. The inquiry is an opportunity to continue the scrutiny that the Hospital needs.
"The full remit of this inquiry is yet to be published – but, above all, it must have the full power to act on its findings.
"We look forward to working with it to ensure the long-term future of a strong local hospital in Tameside".
The three Tameside MPs have met regularly with Tameside Hospital’s chairman and chief executive, as well as with representatives from the Care Quality Commission and Monitor and will continue to do so.
The Care Quality Commission, Monitor, NHS Trust Development Authority and the Clinical Commissioning Groups will all be invited to be involved in the process.
Professor Sir Bruce Keogh – who is NHS Medical Director at the Department of Health and medical director of the NHS Commissioning Board – will lead the inquiry, which will focus on five hospital trusts.
The trusts are: Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust; Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; and East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.
Following the announcement, Sir Bruce said: "Each of the hospitals we identify today is already under scrutiny by regulators.
"This clinically led and practical investigation will allow me to assure myself, Parliament and patients that these hospitals have everything they need to improve."
Published 7 February, 2013