Queen Elizabeth Hospital Staying in Special Measures
7:38am 22nd September 2014
The Care Quality Commission has decided to KEEP The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn in special measures.
It's despite a number of improvements that were identified in a recent inspection, like new sections of A&E and a big push to recruitment to take on more medical staff.
A report by the CQC has said that the hospital needs to deal with what it terms 'medical outliers' - medical patients who end up in surgical beds because there aren't enough medical ones. The Hospital says that’s something they've already starting tackling.
The Interim Chief Executive Manjit Obhrai says just needed a little more time:
“All the other trusts were inspected 12 months in to going into special measures; we were inspected 9 months in to it. So although we are showing a trajectory of improvement, timing meant that we are going to be behind the curve.”
However there was some positive feedback with Inspectors reporting very positively about the staff.
That’s something the Chief Exec is very pleased with.
“[They said] Staff are proud to work in the trust. They were committed to delivering quality compassionate care and met the respectful needs of patients. That’s quite a compliment, and that is fantastic for staff to hear that.”