Barrow MP demands action from hospital trust
Last updated at 16:13, Friday, 20 September 2013
ACTION is needed to bring emergency service provision up to scratch, according to an MP.
The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust met just seven out of 40 Care Quality Commission recommendations for its accident and emergency departments.
The CQC published a follow up report of investigation into the A&E departments at Furness General Hospital, in Barrow, and Royal Lancaster Infirmary, carried out in 2012.
Improvements were found, but there were also 33 recommendations that remain unmet or only partially met. Labour MP for Barrow and Furness John Woodcock said: “We should welcome the improvements to emergency care that have been made, but it is worrying and frustrating that progress has not been faster over the last year.
"I am particularly concerned that issues of paediatric care and complaints handling – which have led to real problems for the trust in the past – are among the areas that have not been properly addressed.
“We value our hospital very highly, but there needs to be concerted action from trust management in the light of this report to ensure that this vital area of care is up to scratch.”
Evidence of improvement was found in the safety and quality of care across the emergency care pathway, and the CQC said governance and management systems had been strengthened.
But there are concerns about the sustainability of the improvement and further work is needed to address the remaining unmet and partially met recommendations.
Early action is needed to ensure that suitably qualified and experienced paediatric staff are available at all times in A&E.
“The trust needs to improve its complaints handling systems to make sure that complaints are responded to fully, in a timely manner and demonstrate that changes to practice have been introduced as a result.
“They must also ensure a cultural change programme is in place across the organisation that promotes an identity of a fully merged trust.
Jackie Daniel, chief executive of the trust, had said good progress has been made, and staff have really come together to improve things for the benefit of the patients.
First published at 15:59, Friday, 20 September 2013
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Oh and another thing, if people don't stop ripping our hospital and its workers to shreds then we will lose valuable clinics and services and even may face the closure of our hospital altogether. Try traipsing to Lancaster and Preston for your appointments eh.
STAFF THE WARDS AND DEPTS! there's your answer. Stop one worn out dispirited nurse from doing the work of 3 and voila your problems are solved.
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