A man who had to have his leg amputated after his treatment went wrong 2 years ago says he's not surprised the same hospital trust is now in special measures.
Roy Gay wants to know why lessons don't appear to have been learnt after health inspectors ruled the quality of care provided by Morecambe Bay NHS Trust was still inadequate after a visit five months ago.
The trust argues it's part-way through a process of improvement and that services such as maternity and A & E had improved since previous checks.
Our Lancashire reporter Amy Welch has been following the story:
A decision is expected to be made today on whether to put Morecambe Bay NHS Trust into special measures. It's after a leaked report draft rated the trust as inadequate in patient safety and staffing levels Furness General in Barrow and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
The report found that “there was no clear strategy for the future of services across the trust”, and that “strategic plans and risks were not well known at ward or team level”.
The trust say they won't comment until after the decision but have released a statement on the weeks speculation here.
A decision is expected to be made tomorrow over whether to put Morecambe Bay NHS Trust into special measures.
It's after a leaked report draft by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated the trust as inadequate in patient safety and staffing levels Furness General in Barrow and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. Today the Trust released a statement in reaction to the report.
There is a lot of speculation at the moment regarding the forthcoming publication of the Hospital Inspection Reports by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
We would like to try to clarify a few facts about the process, rather than at this stage talk about the detail of the ‘leaked’ draft report. Once the reports have been finalised and published by the CQC, we will share and discuss our response with the public and staff.
It is wrong we believe to speculate on what may, or may not happen following the Quality Summit. Currently we are being asked to comment if the Trust will be placed into ‘special measures’ – such speculation doesn’t help staff or the public, especially as the information which is being discussed is not yet finalised. Any further action is a decision for the regulator of Foundation Trusts and the position will be known once the reports have been published.
Whilst we have made good progress at improving standards in a number of areas where the Trust was previously deemed to be failing, there is still a lot of work to do to ensure the levels of care we are providing are consistent in all areas of our hospitals and we remain focussed on achieving this – the safety of everyone who uses our services remains our priority.
We do not know how the reports were leaked, but can only apologise for any unnecessary concern caused, regardless of where the information came from.
Click here for the statement in full on the trusts website.