Liberal Democrat Candidates for Thanet have called for the inspectors' report on East Kent hospitals to be taken seriously but local Conservative MPs are dismissive.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated two hospitals as inadequate and the QEQM as "requiring improvement" The BBC have reported.
The Trust’s other hospital, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in Ramsgate, was told that improvements were required in many areas – in particular A&E. The trust has been recommended for special measures – the NHS’ regime for failing hospitals. says The Indipendant.
Also identified were long standing cultural issues of bullying and harassment. The number of staff who would recommend the trust as a place to work or be treated was significantly below the national average, we understand.
George Cunningham (Lib-Dem PPC for Thanet North) said that
patients deserve the best care and dedicated staff deserve the best management. Hospital Trusts are complex organisations and it is difficult for individuals to hold them to account. Expert inspections are an essential part of keeping hospitals well run.
According to the damning report, which MP Roger Gale has been dismissive of, risks to patients were not always identified. Even when risks were properly identified they were not always acted on by the trust.
Much of what is in the report we have already recognised, claimed chief executive Stuart Bain which raises the question of why these issues have not yet been addressed.
We can't pretend everything in the garden is rosy says George Cunningham,
I hear from hardworking and caring staff who love their jobs but have been frustrated by poor management, and from patients whose experiences have been a mixture of the outstandingly good and the quite unacceptable.
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