Re­port high­lights a cat­a­logue of in­ad­e­qua­cies

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Hospital In Crisis -

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

Stu­art Bain

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