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University Hospital deemed inadequate by CQC

Posted in: Medical Negligence 

Following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) of Whipps Cross University, a number of concerning issues have been raised with Barts Health NHS Trust.  Concerns were raised about the Leytonstone hospital including staff bullying and patients being put at risk of inadequate care.  Inspectors found short-comings in urgent and emergency care, general medical care, surgery, end of life care, outpatients and services for children and young people.  They further went on to report that improvements were needed in maternity, gynaecology services and critical care.  There is a culture of harassment and bullying of staff by management and this was recorded by Inspectors in their report.  The report was published yesterday.

“urgent action to protect patient safety”

The report advised that special measures be introduced on the whole of the trust, which is the largest in England, and that “urgent action to protect patient safety and improve services” be taken.  All-in-all warning notices have been issued relating to staffing levels, assessment and monitoring of services, patient welfare and compaint handling.  The trust were informed that inspectors will be due to revisit the hospital very shortly to ensure that measures were being taken to improve services in all of the aforementioned areas.

The trust, which is also in charge of St Bartholomews in The City, London Chest Clinic, Newham University Hospital, Mile End Hospital and the Royal London Hospital in Whitechaple, reported debts of up to £63million for 2014.  It is thought to have risen to approximately £90million due to redevelopment liabilities funded by Private Finance Initiative (PFI).

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