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Oldchurch Hospital

Volume 406: debated on Thursday 12 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to reduce the mortality rate at Oldchurch Hospital in Romford. [113468]

The responsibility for improving mortality rates at Oldchurch Hospital rests with, initially, Barking, Havering and Redbridge National Health Service Trust who are accountable to North East London Strategic Health Authority.

I understand that work is underway to look at the trend in mortality rates and the following has been put in place by the audit team and medical director at the trust:

A trust-wide mortality group lead the by medical director and with the associate medical directors to review any unexpected data
Monthly mortality review groups at speciality level to review all deaths
Data is now available via the trust's intranet enabling clinicians to monitor their own mortality data and identify areas for audit