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CQC probe to put Queen’s in the spotlight

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 07, 2014

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QUEEN’S Hospital is due to come under the spotlight once again, when inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) move in to conduct an investigation.

The organisation will look at all three hospitals in the Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, when representatives visit this month.

All aspects of performance at the three sites will be investigated during the visit, which is due to begin on April 23.

A spokesman for the CQC said: “The trust is being inspected under radical changes introduced by the Care Quality Commission which are designed to provide a much more detailed picture of care in hospitals than ever before.

“The chief inspector of hospitals for CQC, Professor Sir Mike Richards, announced last July that he will lead significantly larger inspection teams than before, headed up by clinical and other experts including trained members of the public.

“A report of our inspectors’ findings will be published following the inspection.”

The visit comes almost a year after the trust received a damning review by a panel appointed by NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh.

Six urgent action points were put in place, with issues including a culture of dangerously long shifts for staff, a shortage of permanent nurses and out of date equipment being put out for use.

A follow-up inspection in January found ‘significant improvement’ in many areas, though said some changes were still needed to ensure that the trust and its hospitals were performing at an acceptable standard.

An action plan which is regularly updated by trust bosses suggests they are on track with improvements.

The trust declined to comment on the upcoming review by the CQC when contacted by the Mail.

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