CRUCIAL INSPECTION PUTS TOWN HOSPITAL UNDER THE MICROSCOPE
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.