Worcestershire Hospital services have been rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission following a published report highlighting “serious problems”.
The Commission found that when things went wrong at its hospitals the Trust did not investigate promptly or thoroughly and there was a lack of learning from these incidents to prevent patient harm in the future. The Commission found that there was an over reliance on temporary staff and locum doctors with insufficient Consultant cover, crowding in A&E and in the Maternity Services safety was not a sufficient priority.
The Care Quality Commission found some positives in that the majority of staff are hardworking, passionate and caring but had to struggle against the pressures that they face.
Local press have consulted Chris Tidman, the Trust’s Chief Executive who commented that the staff had worked hard to improve the services since July when the Care Quality Commission inspection took place and were very disappointed with the inadequate rating. However, he acknowledged that there was still a great deal of work to do.
Inspectors from the Commission rated that more than 50% of the 115 areas assessed as being inadequate or in need of improvement. The Commissions Report highlights that the A&E Departments are constantly failing to meet minimum national standards, the number of in hospital deaths was significantly higher than should be expected among other things. The hospital is now placed into “special measures” and there are currently 25 Trusts in England that are in this position.
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust serves a population of appropriately 550,000 people. It has a total of 900 beds and more than 5,000 staff. It is hoped that special measures which includes help from strong performing Trusts to deliver on improvement plans and management changes at poor performing hospitals will turn things around for the hospitals under the Trusts Management.
Our Medical Negligence team, at Davies and Partners Solicitors hope that Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust will now take on board the Care Quality Commission’s findings and learn from its past mistakes and ensure that the quality of patient care is of an acceptable standard.
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