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Watchdog finds 'serious shortfalls' at hospital

The NHS watchdog has told Tameside hospital trust it needs to make improve to meet national standards. The CQC said there were serious shortfalls in some areas including, delays, cancellations and treating people with mental health issues.

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Inspectors find 'serious shortfalls' at Tameside hospital

The NHS watchdog has identified a number of failings at Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The concerns identified by inspectors would normally lead to CQC taking enforcement action against the Trust. However, Tameside Hospital is currently in Special Measures.

Last year the chief executive Chrisitine Green resigned following a several critical reports and claims a she presided over a "prevailing culture of failure".

However, earlier this year a report by Monitor the regulator for health services commended Tameside Hospital NHS Trust for making "exceptional progress' on their road to delivering better and safer treatment to patients.

Although we were pleased to find improvement in some areas since our last inspection, our inspectors found a number of serious shortfalls against national standards.

We have told the Trust where further improvements must be made to ensure patients and their families receive the service they are entitled to expect.

We will return shortly to check that the necessary changes have been made and can be sustained for the future.

As this Trust is currently in Special Measures and already subject to enforcement action by Monitor, we have also shared the findings of our inspection with Monitor and asked them to ensure the concerns we have identified are addressed as part of their overall improvement programme for the Trust.”

– Malcolm Bower-Brown, CQC North

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