The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges welcomes the publication of Sir Bruce Keogh's review of mortality in 14 Trusts. The Academy was represented by Professor Terence Stephenson on the National Advisory Group for the review process.
Speaking on the review's publication Professor Stephenson, Academy Chair said:
"It is absolutely right that when data raises questions we look in more detail and understand the reasons and the problems. The report clearly highlights actions and behaviours that should happen.
"We believe the Review was conducted in a mature and open manner and it is important that the conversation about what should happen in these 14 organisations takes place in the same way.
"What we want to see is a process whereby at local level clinicians and trusts themselves are regularly questioning their data and taking appropriate action as a matter of course. If this happens all the time and the new CQC surveillance and inspection system works effectively, this will protect quality and safety for patients."