Hospital bosses at Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHS Trust say progress has been made following criticism by health watchdog
Parents of a baby girl, who died at one-day-old, have said they are "sickened" they were not told of earlier failings at Furness Hospital.
Former CQC staff could lose their pensions says Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt
A health trust is still not meeting recommendations on improvements in its accident and emergency department, a watchdog has found.
The Care Quality Commission undertook an investigation of the delivery of emergency care services at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust which runs the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and Furness General Hospital in Barrow, Cumbria.
A report out today following a follow up review in April this year found of the 40 recommendations made in the original investigation, seven have been met, 30 are partly met and three remain outstanding.
On the follow-up visit, the team found evidence of improvement in the safety and quality of emergency care and governance and management systems had been strengthened at Trust and departmental level.
The CQC said the trust must take action to ensure suitably qualified and experienced paediatric staff are available at all times within the A&E department and must improve its complaints handling systems.
It said today's report into A&E at the Morecambe Bay Trust "marks the end of our formal investigation" but it will "continue to monitor the trust closely."
Malcolm Bower-Brown, the CQC's regional director for the North said: "Although we are pleased to report evidence of improvement since our original investigation last year, with only seven of 40 recommendations met in full, there is still a great deal of work to be done."
Jackie Daniel, Chief Executive, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, welcomed the report.
"Over the last 12 months, we have made good progress. Staff across the organisation have really come together to improve things for the benefit of our patients."
She added: "We accept that we still have work to do in the areas highlighted in the report where we were found to be partly meeting, or not meeting, the standards, however, it is important to note that this report is based on visits that took place in April of this year - nearly six months ago.
"Since then, we have taken positive steps forward in these areas."
The maternity unit at one of the trust's hospitals, Furness General Hospital, is at the centre of an on-going police investigation concerning a number of baby deaths.
Conservative MP David Morris said he was "deeply troubled" by former health secretary Andy Burham's comments about the Care Quality Commission.
The MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, who has written to Mr Burnham, said: "I was deeply troubled to read you had 'no immediate recollection' of any conversations about Morecambe Bay. A feeling that has been strengthened by your admission on today's Murnaghan that conversations may have happened.
"In their evidence to the Mid Staffordshire inquiry, both Baroness Young and Roger Davidson refer to 'pressure' from the last Labour Government while you were health secretary.
"You have denied this in the strongest possible terms, which leads me to conclude that you are implying that they both misled the inquiry, despite being under oath?"
I never said to the CQC 'don't say that, do say the other'. That wasn't my role, they were an independent regulator.
Obviously we had discussions about problems that were in the NHS, we had a discussion about Basildon hospital and it was at that point that I said we needed to have a system that could provide the reassurance that people needed and also where there were problems for them to be brought out.
– Andy Burnham, Shadow Health Secretary talking to Sky News's Murnaghan programme
The central allegation that I was kind of in that period trying to say don't do anything, don't say anything, don't bring any problems out, keep them all hidden, is fundamentally disproved by the decisions I took in relation to the expediting the registration of hospitals
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham denied putting pressure on the health watchdog to play down concerns over a scandal-hit hospital trust where mothers and babies died.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has been under fire over allegations it covered up its failures over investigations into the Morecambe Bay trust.
The Sunday Telegraph claims it has seen documents which revealed the CQC was intent on suppressing negative publicity and was under pressure from Labour ministers in the run-up to the 2010 election.
But Mr Burnham, who was health secretary at the time, said he denied the central allegation that he put pressure on the CQC to cover-up information about Morecambe Bay.
He said it was "fundamentally disproved" by the decisions he took to actively identify problems at hospitals during his time in office.
A young couple whose baby died at Furness General Hospital in Cumbria say they're sickened to learn of the cover up by the health watchdog the CQC.
In their first television interview, Kelly Hine and Carl Bower told how their daughter Amelia died a year after the hospital was given the all clear in an inspection.
Today the current management of the CQC were ordered to Parliament to explain what they're doing now to prevent more failings.
Our correspondent Rachel Townsend reports.
The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told Daybreak he wants a barring system to stop NHS staff who have failed in their jobs from being able to work elsewhere in the health service.
He said: "We are fed up with people who do something terrible in one part of the NHS popping up somewhere else."
Talking about the position of chief executive of the NHS, Sir David Nicholson, Mr Hunt said: "I do not happen to think he was personally responsible for what happened at Mid Staffordshire but what I do want is total accountability."
The current chair and chief executive of the CQC are set to give evidence to the Health Select Committee after it emerged that the health watchdog covered-up its failure to investigate a series of baby deaths.