Report highlights a catalogue of inadequacies
The damning Care Quality Commission (CQC) report into hospitals in east Kent rated two as inadequate and recommended the trust that runs them be put into special measures.
The CQC rated the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford as inadequate overall, particularly for A&E, surgery, and children’s care. The Kent and Canterbury Hospital was also rated as inadequate overall by inspectors following a visit in March – with surgery identified as particularly inadequate.
Meanwhile, the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital (QEQM) at Margate was listed as requiring improvement, with A&E rated inadequate. Now England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, has recommended East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust – which runs all three – be placed into special measures after his first report on the quality of care provided.
The report rated surgery at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital as inadequate, while critical care was rated as good.
Emergency care, medical care, children’s care, end of life care and outpatient services were all rated as requiring improvement.
Inspectors found that staffing levels were also a problem at Kent and Canterbury Hospital, especially in paediatrics.
At the QEQM, inspectors rated it as requiring improvement overall, with A&E rated as inadequate, while critical care was rated as good.
Medical care, surgery, maternity and family planning, children’s care, end of life care and outpatient services were all rated as requiring improvement.
The Kent and Canterbury Hospital has had criticism similar to that directed at those in Margate, top left, and Ashford