Need to im­prove ‘as quickly as pos­si­ble’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Hospital In Crisis -

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

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