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Morecambe Bay hospitals set to be put in "special measures"

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:

Decision day for Morecambe Bay NHS trust

Morecambe Bay

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.


Morecambe Bay react to 'speculation' over NHS trust

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.

MP claims Morecambe Bay Trust will be placed in special measures

Furness General Hospital Credit: ITV Granada

South Lakes MP Tim Farron believes Morecambe Bay NHS Trust will be placed in special measures after a leaked report revealed failures in frontline service.

The draft report by the Care Quality Commission rates the trust as inadequate in patient safety and staffing levels at Furness General Hospital in Barrow and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

Tim Farron MP, South Lakes Credit: PA

The trust has declined to comment. A decision is expected to be made at the health care quality summit on Friday.

Mother of baby who died at Furness Hospital after serious mistakes blames bad management

The mother of a baby who died after serious mistakes were made in his maternity care says she blames bad management for continued failings at Furness General hospital.

A leaked report from the health regulator the Care Quality Commission rates patient safety and staffing levels at Morecambe Bay Trust as inadequate.

Liza Brady has spent six years fighting for the truth about what happened to her son Alex and says lessons don't appear to have been learnt.

The trust say as the report was only a draft, it would not be appropriate to comment.

Statement from Matthew Jordan's family after his body was found in Lake Windermere

Matthew Jordan Credit: Cumbria Police

The family of Matthew Jordan have issued a statement thanking people for their support.

They said:

“We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone for all of your support and kind words and actions in trying to help us to find Matthew.

“For those of you that knew him, it represents what a fantastic, friendly and humorous person he was.

For those of you who didn’t know him, yet still put a lot of your time and effort into searching for him, it shows that people in your community do care, are selfless, and have a wonderful team spirit.

You have been truly fantastic and we feel part of the community now.

“Thank you to all who have searched both professionally and personally, with special thanks to Mountain Rescue, lake search teams, Dan and the volunteer group.

“Everyone has been a great tower of strength to us over the past few difficult weeks.

You all took Matthew to your hearts and made it your mission to find him.

Without all of your help we would have been lost.

“We found you Matthew, we love you dearly and are taking you home to be at peace.”


Family appeal for missing Barrow dad to come home on his birthday

Dad-of-two Tony Bond Credit: Family photograph

The family of a dad-of-two from Barrow, who has been missing for more than two years, say they are still hoping he will come home.

The appeal came on the day Tony Bond would have been celebrating his 42nd birthday.

Tony went missing on November 9, 2012. Extensive searches were conducted in the area at the time, including local outbuildings, waste ground, reservoirs and the Furness coastline - but there have still been no positive information or confirmed sightings.

Detective Chief Inspector Bob Qazi said: “We want to be able to tell the family what has happened to Tony. They are desperate to know if he is safe and well or know his whereabouts whatever the circumstance.

Det Ch Insp Bob Qazi Credit: Cumbria Police

“Tony left two children, Kai and Devon who still ask when their daddy will be returning home. It is a difficult situation for his family, who just want to have some closure.

Tony’s appearance may have changed from the picture, he may have lost weight or grown facial hair but we appeal to the public if they have any suspicions that they may have seen Tony, to contact us immediately.

“Tony is loved by his family and they hope that one day he will just walk through the door.

“We continue to believe Tony is still alive and may have left because of personal problems. It our wish that he just makes contact to let us know he is safe.

He is described as white, 5ft 10’ with mousey coloured shaved hair, and a rugged complexion. He was last seen in Schneider Road, Barrow in Furness, about 11pm wearing a black T shirt, blue denim jeans and a red ‘Berghaus’ type jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

CCTV release in search for missing Matthew Jordan

Cumbria Police have released CCTV as they search for Matthew Jordan, 20, who went missing in Bowness-on-Windermere.

Matthew, who's from the Middlesborough area, hasn't been since 27th March following a night out.

Detective Chief Inspector Bob Qazi said: “The CCTV images show a male walking though the church yard next to the pub near to the pub that Matthew and his friends were at. We would like to speak to this man in the hope that he may have information on where Matthew went.

“I’d also ask that if there is anyone who may have seen a person matching Matthew’s description in the early hours of 27th March to get in touch.”

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