London NHS trust under investigation30th June 2011
Serious concerns have been raised about the level of patient care at the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Areas affected include A&E and maternity and the trust is now being investigated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
The trust, which has welcomed the inquiry, was told in April to improve its maternity services but the CQC said not enough has been done.
A year earlier, in April 2010, the CQC imposed eight conditions on the trust due to concerns about its performance and has followed up since with announced inspections.
These have led to the urgent demands to improve A&E and maternity services.
The review of maternity services found the trust was failing to meet six essential standards, with staffing and care and welfare of people highlighted as a major cause for concern.
The A&E review findings will be published in July.
Colin Hough from the CQC said: “CQC has now launched a full investigation into whether Barking Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust has the right systems in place to protect people and make sure they receive safe care.
“We'll also be looking at the bigger picture - whether the trust has the support it needs to make improvements.”
In an earlier incident two midwives were suspended after the death of a woman and her newborn baby at Queen’s Hospital in Romford.
Trust chief executive Averil Dongworth said: “The CQC recognises that some improvements have already been made, although we need to go further and sustain this.”
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Title: London NHS trust under investigation
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 18960
Date Added: 30th Jun 2011