Trust responsible for one of the UK's largest teaching hospitals rated inadequate
Independent regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has told St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that its services have deteriorated from 'good overall' in 2014 to 'inadequate' following its inspection in June this year.
Interim hospital trust chairman, Sir David Henshaw, who is part of a new leadership team, says on the trust's website, “We have a new leadership team in place, and real progress has been made since June. However, as we’ve always said, there will be no quick fix to the problems we face.
“Many of these challenges are due to very poor Board and senior management decisions in the past, and a failure to tackle the big challenges head on. We owe it to our staff and patients to make St George’s better again, and the CQC’s report is a key part of this improvement journey.”
St George’s Chief Executive, Simon Mackenzie, discusses CQC report (1 November 2016)
It was not all bad news; the trust was rated outstanding for kidney patient survival rate and kidney transplants, and for maternity and gynaecology services.
The trust comprises St George's and Queen Mary's hospitals. It serves 1.3 million people and employs approximately 9000 staff.
Summary of Care Quality Commission's view:
Local London Assembly Member, Leonie Cooper AM, said, “Patients deserve better than what we’ve seen in this report. Many of those who are treated in hospital are very vulnerable, so it's vital that services and facilities are fit for purpose.
“Whilst it’s clear that there are some serious management issues to be addressed, there’s little doubt that years of government underfunding and unnecessary restructuring have also played their part. Chronic underfunding can really take its toll when it comes to retaining a strong workforce able to deliver decent patient services and it's little wonder that we've seen such a rapid decline at the Trust in the last two years. Unless the government reduces pressure on health budgets, crises like the one we see here will only escalate.”
November 1 2016