The Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, has said that it is "disappointing" that he has had to put the Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHS Trust into special measures.
“There is a long history of concern with the quality of service provided by University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust – so it is disappointing to report that a number of the issues that have been identified in the past remain unresolved.
“I do not believe that the trust is likely to resolve its challenges without external support. This is why I am recommending that the trust is placed in to special measures."
“We can’t see A&E departments in isolation - we have to look at how patients move through the whole hospital.
“This secure new technology will improve how quickly people are treated in our hospitals and how quickly we can get them back at home. I want all boards to have an electronic system in place.
“The system gives full visibility of what is happening across hospital and cuts down on phone calls and assists with the flow of patients in the hospital, reducing delays.”
– Health Secretary Alex Neil
“Our system helps to prevent patients staying in hospital longer than they need to and makes sure that our beds are used effectively. We don’t want anyone to be in the wrong ward, or in hospital longer than they need to be - and neither do our patients!”