Hos­pi­tal chiefs ‘sur­prised’ at damn­ing re­port verdict

‘We find it hard to recog­nise the trust in im­por­tant ar­eas’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Fundraiser - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

Gover­nors of the ‘fail­ing’ east Kent hos­pi­tals trust say they are “sur­prised and dis­ap­pointed” with the re­sults of a damn­ing re­port.

Ear­lier this month, the Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion (CQC) re­leased a shock­ing re­view fol­low­ing an in­spec­tion car­ried out in March of the Wil­liam Harvey, in Ash­ford, and east Kent’s two other acute hos­pi­tals, the Kent and Can­ter­bury and Mar­gate’s the Queen El­iz­a­beth the Queen Mother Hos­pi­tal.

The re­port rated the K&C and Wil­liam Harvey as “in­ad­e­quate” and the QEQM as “re­quir­ing im­prove­ment”.

The East Kent Hos­pi­tals Univer­sity Foun­da­tion Trust was rated “in­ad­e­quate” over­all.

A joint state­ment re­leased on be­half of all 26 mem­bers of the coun­cil of gover­nors (CoG) this week said: “The CoG shares the trust’s sur­prise and dis­ap­point­ment at the CQC’s very neg­a­tive find­ings and con­clu­sions, and is nat­u­rally con­cerned that so many of the trust’s ser­vices have been judged to be so lack­ing.

“We recog­nise that there are im­por­tant ar­eas where the trust needs to make im­prove­ments. Many have al­ready been iden­ti­fied and form part of the trust’s pro­gramme for the future.

“In other ar­eas high­lighted by the CQC, we ac­knowl­edge the im­prove­ment plan that is be­ing de­vel­oped by the trust.

“We look for­ward to play­ing a key part in mon­i­tor­ing its im­ple­men­ta­tion.”

How­ever, the CoG add that they found the rat­ings of the re­port mis­lead­ing in sev­eral ar­eas and con­sid­ers that in some in­stances, the ev­i­dence used by the Com­mis­sion to sup­port the over­all rat­ings is ex­tremely limited.

The state­ment con­tin­ues: “The CoG con­stantly mon­i­tors and in­ter­acts with the Trust Board over strat­egy, pa­tient safety, qual­ity and a wide range of other is­sues. We find it hard to recog­nise the trust in sev­eral im­por­tant ar­eas of the CQC’s as­sess- ment. The CoG is aware of the chal­lenges fac­ing the Na­tional Health Ser­vice as a whole – in­clud­ing in the crit­i­cal area of staffing and staff re­cruit­ment – and the par­tic­u­lar chal­lenges that face this trust.”

The trust is now wait­ing to hear whether it will be placed into spe­cial mea­sures.

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IN­SPEC­TION: The Wil­liam Harvey Hos­pi­tal was rated as ‘in­ad­e­quate’

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