Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust has issued a statement in response to the Care Quality Commission placing them in the band for the highest risk of failing patients:
We welcome the use of more comprehensive and wide-ranging measures of quality and safety to help us to improve the standard of care we provide.
Our hospitals have significantly lower than the average mortality rates and our staff work hard to provide good quality care to our patients...
It is not a particular surprise that Leeds Teaching Hospitals was singled out in this way. The Trust is fully aware of the risks highlighted in the report.
Action plans have been put in place and there has been good progress in making improvements, but we fully accept there is more to do.
Improving quality, patient satisfaction and providing the safest possible environment for all our patients is our top priority.