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This article was published on October 1st, 2015
The CQC has been doing the rounds again; inspecting struggling hospitals and looking for improvements to the quality of care.
The North Cumbria NHS Trust, which runs the Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital has been evaluated as still requiring improvement.
The Trust was placed in special measures back in July 2013 as a result of recording higher than average mortality rates.
Whilst the staff were found to demonstrate professionalism, expertise, compassion and caring for their patients, the Hospitals had not made sufficient improvements in staffing and administrative areas:
The Trust says that it is aware of its shortcomings and is making every effort to make the necessary improvements but this takes time. It recognises the staffing concerns and claims that the geography of Cumbria means that patient flow is a difficult issue to tackle.
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