Health trusts improving
HOSPITAL and primary care trusts covering Ashford and Shepway have performed better over the last year, a watchdog report says.
East Kent Hospitals University NHS Trust and Eastern and Coastal Kent Primary Care Trust have both improved, according to NHS performance ratings published by the Healthcare Commission last week.
The PCT went up from the status “weak” in 2006/07 to “fair” in 2007/08 in the quality of services category. Over the same period it rose from “fair” to “good” in use of resources.
The hospitals trust, in charge of Ashford’s William Harvey, went up from “weak” to “fair” in use of resources over that time and maintained its status of “fair” for quality of services.
Sam Banga, the Commission’s head of region for London and the South East, said: “The NHS in the South East has demonstrated some good successes.
“In particular, the region has made some impressive improvements in the way it manages its financial resources.
“However the results show that, compared to other regions, the South East Coast is one of the weakest areas in the country for its quality of services. We are aware that efforts are being made to improve.”
The report published performance ratings for all NHS trusts in England, including for 26 in the South East Coast region.
The ratings range was “excellent,” “good,” “fair,” and “weak.”
Stuart Bain, chief executive of the hospitals trust, said; “I am delighted to see that overall we have improved since last year but disappointed that the excellent work our staff have been doing has not been fully recognised.
“Because the information for this survey was collected some months ago its conclusions are inevitably out of date and do not give an accurate picture of where the trust is today.
“We are described as fair in the use of resources when we should be excellent because we achieved a £7.5 million surplus last year and are predicting over £12 million this year.”
Ann Sutton, PCT chief executive, said: “I am delighted to see that we have improved in both quality of services and use of resources.”