20 March 2013
Information has been published to tell people how they can contribute to a review into the quality of care and treatment provided by 14 hospital trusts.
The trusts include Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital, and also provides some services, principally outpatient and maternity services, at the community hospitals in Clacton, Halstead and Harwich and a limited number of community services.
Last month the Prime Minister announced that he had asked Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS Medical Director for England, to review 14 hospital trusts that are persistent outliers on mortality indicators.
Anyone wanting to make submissions or comments can do so in the following ways:
All information submitted will be treated confidentially but may be shared with other statutory organisations, for example regulatory bodies such as the Care Quality Commission.
Dr Gordon Coutts, Chief Executive of Colchester Hospital Trust, said: "The Trust wants as many people as possible to know how they can contribute to The Keogh Review.
"Therefore, as well as asking the media to help us make members of the public aware, we are contacting, for example, all staff, governors and MPs in north and mid Essex."
We are encouraging patients, their carers and families to make comments, both positive and negative, so that the voices of patients are represented as comprehensively as possible.
The Keogh Review will be guided by the NHS values set out in the NHS Constitution and underpinned by the following principles:
It has still not been announced when the Keogh Review will take place into Colchester Hospital Trust but the results are expected to be published in the summer.