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Health trust ‘requires improvement’ after failing standards

Posted in: Medical Negligence NHS Claims 

An English NHS health trust has been rated as “requiring improvement” after recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections. Inspectors found that Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were failing in a number of areas including staffing, cleanliness and infection control.

The trust runs a total of four hospitals in South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire: Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Bassetlaw District General Hospital, Retford Hospital and Montagu Hospital in Mexborough. The CQC carried out inspections in April, with particularly worrying findings made with regards to staffing. The report stated that the low staffing levels were “impacting on the quality of service”.

Unnecessary exposure to radiation in x-ray department

Where the trust was rated as “requiring improvement” in three out of five categories, the other two were rated “good”. One major concern was the fact that there was a potential for people to be unnecessarily exposed to radiation as a result of poor signage in the x-ray departments of all four hospitals. The CQC also made a number of suggestions to ensure improvement with regards to cleanliness and infection control procedures.

Chief executive of the trust Mike Pinkerton said: “the report does identify a small number of areas where improvements can be made in delivering safe, responsive and effective care. I am confident we have either already completed, or are well under way in completing the required actions.

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