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Relatives confront Tameside NHS over hospital deaths

Tameside General Hospital
The Dr Foster guide said the hospital had a high mortality rate

Angry relatives have confronted the management of a hospital in Greater Manchester over its high death rates.

Council and NHS bodies held a public meeting to discuss mortality rates at Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

It followed the Dr Foster 2009 Hospital Guide which showed high mortality at the hospital, Tameside council said.

After the meeting, relatives said they had not been given the answers they sought. The trust said it welcomed the opportunity to discuss the issues.

In a statement, it said: "The trust welcomes the opportunity to discuss and explain the hospital's mortality rate and actions it is taking in response."

The Dr Foster guide gave Tameside a score of 119 for its mortality rate, compared with a national average of 100. It also said the hospital was the third worst in the country.

The hospital did a very lengthy presentation which seemed to me to just trot out the same old excuses
David Heyes, Labour MP

Lisa Cooke, who was at the meeting, said her husband was misdiagnosed by the hospital 11 times. He died three years later.

"I am actually more angry than when I first came. I didn't come for a presentation, I came to ask a question for my 10-year-old daughter and we were told to shut up," she said.

And David Heyes, Labour MP for Ashton under Lyne, said he was disappointed.

"The hospital did a very lengthy presentation which seemed to me to just trot out the same old excuses that have been trotted out when we have had previous adverse reports about the performance," he said.

"It was almost as though they were trying to talk the audience into submission with their presentations. It left very little time for questions.

"The people of Tameside and certainly the borough's three MPs have really lost confidence in the management team of this hospital."

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