Health trust in special measures for "inadequate" care

A health trust has been put into special measures. The action has been taken against the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust after inspectors the quality of care provided was "inadequate".

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Trust "disappointed" at inspectors report

"We are all incredibly disappointed to receive the overall (inadequate) 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."

– Trust Chief Executive Jackie Daniel

Inspectors say health trust's care "inadequate"

A health trust that's been the subject of a number of critical reports, has now been put into special measures. Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission said the quality of care provided by University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust was inadequate.

Care at Furness General Hospital requires improvement according to the CQC Credit: ITV Granada

Inspectors found the trust lacked a clear vision for its staff and recruitment of nurses and doctors remained a "fundamental concern". They accepted that care in maternity and A&E had improved, but in other areas, despite previous concerns, care had still not been addressed effectively.

An independent inquiry into care provided by the trust's maternity and neonatal services from January 2004 to June last year is currently taking place following a "high number of serious untoward incidents" including patient deaths.

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