This week in 2013, Basildon Hospital was placed into special measures following a Government review.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the House of Commons that the measure had been taken because the hospital had seen seven ’never events’ – instances which should never happen at a hospital – in three years.
Mr Hunt told MPs that the Trust had reported high death rates every year since 2001. He placed some blame on hospital regulators the Care Quality Commission.
He said: “Half of the staff say they wouldn’t want their own friends and family treated there. Ministers received 237 letters between 2005 and 2010. Yet what did the CQC do? It rated the hospital as good.”
Basildon Hospital said it ’welcomed’ the review and was pleased that the report had noted several examples of good practice.
Elsewhere, on July 17 four years ago, rising temperatures led to health warnings being issued for Southern England and the Midlands in the UK’s first prolonged heatwave since 2006. Also on the same day, same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales after the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 received Royal Assent. On July 22, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a boy, subsequently named George Alexander Louis.
In the singles chart Avicii was in the top spot with Wake Me Up. The top selling album was Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke.
The highest grossing film at the UK box office for this week was the animation Monsters University.