On mend says CQC – but concerns about staffing
Last updated at 15:40, Thursday, 31 October 2013
THE health watchdog the Care Quality Commission says the West Cumberland Hospital is improving following unannounced visits last month.
A report by the CQC found improvements were being made in staffing, care and the welfare of people who use the services and records, but inspectors said there were still concerns about staffing levels and the numbers of qualified and skilled staff, with further action needed in care and welfare.
Inspections in September followed initial visits last spring which found the hospital was “non-compliant” in the three areas. The CQC report said the Trust did not meet the care and welfare standard, but said there were “significant improvements in provision of basic care in comparison to our earlier inspection”.
Staff told inspectors they were still concerned about staffing levels but the “level of concern was not as high as it had been previously’’.
The report also noted communication between the chief executive and senior staff had improved and staff working in wards and departments were “more aware of how the Trust was trying to rectify problems”.
However, the report added that there are still not enough qualified and skilled staff to meet people’s needs but that strong efforts are being made to increase the Trust’s staffing establishments.
Chris Platton, acting director of nursing, said: “We always welcome reports such as the Care Quality Commission’s as they give us a real opportunity to understand where we need to make improvements.
“We are pleased that the CQC has recognised the significant progress we are making across the Trust and that we are meeting the objectives we have set in our action plan. This is down to a lot of hard work and dedication from the staff in our hospitals and I would like to thank them for their on-going support.
“Although improvements have been made, we recognise that we are still not fully compliant and our focus and commitment will remain on continuing to move in the right direction and focus on the most important part of our job, which is to deliver high-quality and safe patient-centred care.”
First published at 11:08, Thursday, 31 October 2013
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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I think I must be working in another hospital on another planet. The future looks bleak for West Cumberland Hospital - surgery has gone to Cumberland Infirmary, they are struggling to cope with the influx of patients there, not enough staff!! Our trainee doctors are set to disappear next year - the lunatics have taken over the asylum! People of Whitehaven - your best bet is to stay healthy and pray you don't need to go to hospital.
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