CRU­CIAL IN­SPEC­TION PUTS TOWN HOSPI­TAL UN­DER THE MI­CRO­SCOPE

Coventry Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By CLAIRE HAR­RI­SON News Re­porter news@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HEALTH watch­dogs are putting all as­pects of Nuneaton’s hospi­tal un­der the mi­cro­scope as they un­der­take the first cru­cial in­spec­tion after it was taken out of spe­cial mea­sures.

For the first time in three years, Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion (CQC) in­spec­tors are at the Ge­orge Eliot Hospi­tal.

They be­gan their in-depth look at the place of care and there will be fur­ther ses­sions un­til the end of the month.

Then hospi­tal bosses will have a ner­vous wait un­til Christ­mas be­fore the results of the all-im­por­tant in­spec­tion are re­vealed.

Kath Kelly, the hospi­tal’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, ex­plained at a board meet­ing: “We should have a draft re­port by Christ­mas time to be pub­lished in the New Year.

“That is the time frame we will be work­ing to. If there are any con­cerns raised to us by the CQC will come straight to us.”

In 2014, CQC in­spec­tors lifted the hospi­tal out of spe­cial mea­sures, which was en­forced by the gov­ern­ment. As pre­vi­ously re­ported, in July 2013, the hospi­tal was one of 14 to be named and shamed by the gov­ern­ment for its high num­ber of death rates. This plunged the place of care into spe­cial mea­sures but, within 12 months, the hospi­tal had turned its for­tunes around.

It was then given a ‘good’ rat­ing and hospi­tal bosses are hop­ing to at least re­tain that rat­ing.

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