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NHS Foundation Trusts

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account his Department takes of mortality rates at NHS trusts when deciding whether trusts’ applications for foundation status can proceed to Monitor. (320780)

A significant part of the Department’s assessment of national health service foundation trust applications is the consideration of the quality of care provided at each organisation. This review of quality includes an explicit consideration of hospital standardised mortality rates, alongside other care quality indicators such as patient surveys and safety indicators.

Since April 2009 the Department’s assessment has also included the consideration of each application by the NHS Medical Director. His satisfaction with an organisation is required prior to Ministers considering whether to support a foundation trust application. The NHS Medical Director considers a range of quality related intelligence, including hospital standardised mortality rates, in forming his view on each trust.