This article was published on January 20th, 2016
The CQC (Care Quality Commission) has published details of its latest inspection on the Colcehster NHS Trust. Overall the hospital trust was deemed to be inadequate in its care provision and will remain in special measures until some fundamental improvements are made.
The damning report stated:
“The trust is now rated inadequate for safety, effectiveness responsiveness and being well-led. This is extremely concerning, both in terms of the quality of care people can expect, and for what it says about the trust’s ability to improve.”
Some of the main criticisms include poor equipment maintenance including servicing and cleanliness also waiting times for cancer patients are too long with 32 patients waiting over 100 days for treatment.
Professor Sir Mike Richards, the CQC’s chief inspector of hospitals, said:
“Once again we have found a number of serious problems when we inspected the services run by Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust.
“I am concerned the trust has not taken sufficient action to address the requirements of our previous inspections and has shown only limited capacity to improve.
“While the staff have been working hard through many issues to drive improvements locally, their efforts have been affected by poor leadership and a high use of agency staff, some of whom are unsuitable in terms of their skills and knowledge.
“The trust is now rated inadequate for safety, effectiveness responsiveness and being well-led. This is extremely concerning, both in terms of the quality of care people can expect from the trust, and for what it says about the trust’s ability to improve.
“This situation must not be allowed to continue and we are considering, along with partner agencies, the best option available in order to improve services rapidly for the local population.”
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