Need to improve ‘as quickly as possible’
The chairs of four east Kent clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are calling for improvements at the William Harvey and the area’s two other hospitals – the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate and the Kent and Canterbury Hospital in Canterbury – in the wake of the damning Care Quality Commission (CQC) report.
They say the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust (EKHUFT) needs to ensure patients receive the best possible care and welcomes the inspection report’s recommendations for improving services at all three hospitals the Trust runs.
The clinical chairs of NHS Ashford CCG, Dr Navin Kumta; NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG, Dr Mark Jones; NHS South Kent Coast CCG, Dr Darren Cocker, and NHS Thanet CCG, Dr Tony Martin, issued a joint statement yesterday (Wednesday) following publication of the CQC findings.
In the statement, the clinical chairs said: “The review by the CQC highlights a number of significant problems at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.
“Safety and quality are top of the agenda for the four CCGs in east Kent and we want to ensure our patients are receiving the best possible care from EKHUFT and that their experience of care is excellent.
“We welcome the recommendations made by the CQC on areas where EKHUFT services for patients need to improve, as well as some areas of good practice and will be supporting the trust as it makes those improvements as quickly as possible.”
The four clinical commissioning group buy and plan the healthcare for the residents of the areas they cover.
Dr Navin Kumta