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Hospital trust services ‘inadequate’

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A trust which runs four hospitals in Cumbria and Lancaster has been labeled “inadequate” after a health watchdog highlighted some of its failing services.  The Care Quality Commission found problems relating to the safety, leadership and acute services of the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT). The document was in fact leaked, so the Trust are refusing to comment on the findings until the final draft is published next month, which could contain some changes.

The trust did admit that the last year had been “challenging” for them – with areas such as staffing causing major problems – but that significant improvements are being made.  The inspection looked at Furness General Hospital in Barrow, Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal, and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary in February.  UHMBT was inspected following concerns highlighted in 2013.

“Come a long way”

Areas for improvement included staffing, with the report referring to an “unacceptably low” number of nurses at Barrow’s Critical Care Unit, High Dependency Unit and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary’s Ward 39. In the annual report, UHMBT made it clear that a lot had been done to combat this problem, including the employment of 130 new nurses.

Chief executive Jackie Daniel said: “The trust and its partners have come a long way over the last two years in developing positive and much improved working relationships.

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