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This article was published on October 31st, 2016
The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust is the latest casualty of the CQC’s comprehensive inspection of its health and care services. The independent health regulator has placed the Trust into special measures after it’s inspectors found the effectiveness of some the services it provided were not safe or responsive enough and did not meet government guidelines.
The inspectors highlighted 11 key areas which failed minimum standards including: Ineffective admin storage, poor flow of information between departments and medical staff and unacceptable delays in responding to call bells on surgical wards.
The Trust was rated inadequate for :
The Trust was rated ‘requires improvement’ for:
The Trust was rated ‘good for:
The Trust was rated’outstanding’ for:
The Commission held chief executive Phil Morley responsible for the Trusts failings after 4 inspections in June and July this year resulted in the chief inspector of hospitals, Professor Richards, criticising the leadership of the NHS Trust which also manages St Margaret’s Hospital, Herts and Essex Hospital in Bishop’s Stortford and the Rectory Lane Clinic.
He said: “We have rated The Princess Alexandra Hospital as inadequate overall due to significant concerns in safety, responsiveness and leadership.
“There is an apparent disconnect between the trust board leadership level and the ward level. It was evident the trust leaders were not aware of many of the concerns we identified through this inspection.”
The inspections also identified that some services had got worse since the last inspection in 2015 particularly with regards to bed capacity and staff shortages. This was backed up when the Princess Alexandra recorded a black alert this month which means there were no beds available at the hospital.
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