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Chief inspector of hospitals: Failing hospitals 'need more help'

Tameside Hospital Credit: ITV Granada Reports

More must be done to improve the "safety and responsiveness" of hospitals put into failure regimes, England's chief inspector of hospitals has said.

While hospitals put into special measures have shown "significant improvements" more must be done to address these issues, Professor Sir Mike Richards added.

Putting hospital trusts in special measures was a move introduced as part of the Government's response to the Stafford Hospital scandal.

A year ago, following a review into 14 hospital trusts with higher than expected death rates, 11 trusts were put into special measures for a catalogue of failings and fundamental breaches of care.

Tameside Hospital was one of those Trusts put into special measures, and required to stay in special measures, despite showing improvements.

Professor Sir Mike Richards said: "Although there have been improvements, it is important to emphasise that further improvements need to be made, especially in relation to safety and responsiveness.

"Our new inspection model has helped us get under the skin of hospitals. The special measures process is doing what it set out to do, and I am confident that it will lead to further improvements."

Full report: Tameside Hospital remains in special measures

Tameside Hospital will remain in special measures after inspectors said its care was still inadequate.

The Chief Inspector of Hospitals said the care of critically ill patients, along with staffing levels and surgery, were still not good enough.

The Trust, in Ashton under Lyne, is among 11 across the country ordered to make improvements by the government because of high death rates.

A relative of a patient who was given poor care at Tameside says staff still need to listen to patients and their families.

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Hospital has 'made improvements' says Trust

Tameside Hospital is to stay in special measures for a further six months after inspectors rated the hospital as 'inadequate'.

Inspectors found critical care, surgery and staffing levels were still areas of concern.

The trust says it has made improvements and taken on an extra 150 nurses.

John Goodenough, who is a Chief Nurse at the hospital, told ITV News:

"I would say that the hospital has absolutely transformed. I think the culture, the open visible leadership from the top is phenomenal. I think the pace of change is incredible, and I think our patients and staff are telling us that now."

– John Goodenough, Chief Nurse

Health watchdog rules Tameside Hospital 'inadequate'

England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals has recommended that Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust should remain in special measures, following his first inspection of the quality of its services.

The trust had been placed into special measures by Sir Bruce Keogh in July last year after concerns were raised about mortality rates, emergency care, staffing levels, patient experience and leadership.

While health watchdog the CQC found that some improvements had been made at the trust since then, there has not yet been enough progress to recommend that the trust leave special measures at this time.

Tameside Hospital to stay in 'special measures'

Tameside Hospital will stay in special measures Credit: ITV

Tameside Hospital will remain in special measures, because it has failed to make sufficient improvements after a review condemned its care.

The hospital, in Ashton-Under-Lyne, was criticised in the Keogh Report a year ago. The report examined patient death rates in the wake of the Mid Staffordshire Hospital scandal.

The health watchdog, the Care Quality Commission, will reveal later today that it still has areas of concern after repeated re-inspections of Tameside's services.

Tameside is expected to stay under constant review from NHS experts for another six months.

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Hospital criticised over care after woman suffers bruising

The daughter of a woman who suffered bad bruising during a stay at Tameside Hospital says staff have failed to learn lessons.

Lisa Evans says she was told her mother Marguerita Evans had ‘slipped’ while being moved from a bed to a wheelchair by a nursing auxiliary.

The incident comes just 10 months after the family claimed the 76-year-old, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, was left on a trolley in a corridor at the same hospital.

Tameside Hospital said they are investigating the incident.

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Family claims Tameside Hospital is still failing to learn lessons in care

The family of a woman who suffered bruising at Tameside Hospital say they are still failing to learn vital lessons in care.

Lisa Evans says she was told her mother Marguerita Evans had ‘slipped’ while being moved from a bed to a wheelchair by a nursing auxiliary.

The incident comes just 10 months after the 76-year-old, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, was left on a trolley in a corridor at the same hospital.

Tameside Hospital said they're investigating the incident.

Hospital apology. It 'let down' former worker who broke leg

Margaret Rowbotham broke leg at Tameside Hospital Credit: ITV Granada Reports

A retired nursing assistant says she has been badly let down by the hospital she worked for for over 30 years. Margaret Rowbotham from Manchester was taken into Tameside Hospital with a fractured ankle, but ended up breaking her leg in two places when they dropped her during a routine lift.

The hospital's apologised and are in the process of sorting compensation, but Margaret says no amount of money will make up for her loss of independence.

Margaret Rowbotham says she was 'let down' Credit: ITV Granada Reports
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