Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust set for special measures

The Chief Inspector of hospitals in England has recommended that the NHS trust that runs the Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal be placed into special measures. The Westmorland General was found to be providing a good service overall.

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Improvements to Trust are 'not an overnight job'

The Chief Executive of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation has expressed her disappointment at the news that the Morecambe Bay Hospital Trust is set to be placed in special measures.

Jackie Daniel said 'significant improvements' are being made within the trust but that it will take some time for them to be fully implemented.

“We are all incredibly disappointed to receive the overall rating for the Trust. The reports reflect the fact that we are part-way through a process of significant improvement which is still going to take a number of years to complete. It isn’t an overnight job to change the culture of a large complex organisation but through the hard work and commitment of our staff, governors and partners, our hospitals are now much safer, with improved standards of care in a number of areas from two years ago when we started to turn them around."

– Jackie Daniel, Chief Executive, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation

“I believe that ‘special measures’ will provide the Trust with focused support to make further change in a number of core areas, and we welcome this assistance. We will use these reports as the spring board for further, positive improvement. I believe it is essential that we address the issues we face as a local health community for the benefit of our patients, collaborating with each other across the NHS in an even more determined and targeted way, something we’ve done to good effect already with maternity and A&E services."

– Jackie Daniel, Chief Executive, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation

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