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Watchdog pressures weak Trusts

10th April 2008

The Healthcare Commission has stepped up the pressure on trusts branded “weak? in last year’s round of NHS performance ratings.

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In the ratings published last October, 33 trusts scored “weak? for their quality of services. Of those, nine had been “weak? for two years running.

The trusts had also “not met? Commission standards on either core standards or existing national targets covering areas such as quality and safety of care and waiting times.

The Commission held follow up meetings with 32 trusts but sent a team to carry out detailed intervention to the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trusts which had scored “not met? on 70% of the standards.

The chairs and chief executives of the four trusts scoring weak for both quality of service and use of resources for the second consecutive year also had a meeting with Chief Executive of the NHS, David Nicholson.

The four trusts were, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Surrey and Sussex NHS Trusts and West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Speaking at the start of the new assessment year, Commission chief executive Anna Walker urged the NHS to end the days when patients are served by “weak? trusts. She said patients would find such performance hard to understand now that the current assessment system has been running for more than three years.

But she added: “We have been reassured by the seriousness with which the healthcare organisations and the strategic health authorities have reacted to both our visits and the rating of weak that triggered it.?

 

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