"The QE Hospital WILL Improve."
7:57am 11th July 2014
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital WILL come out of special measures according to the new Chairman of Trustees who’s been speaking to KLFM about his hopes for the troubled site.
Last October, a long and highly critical report was published by the Care Quality Commission. Their inspectors found that the hospital was spending far more money than it should have been, and that care standards were far too low in several departments. The QE was placed in “Special Measures” meaning the pressure was on to improve, or face being taken over.
Chief Exec Manjit Obhrai was brought in to try and turn the site around and decided to temporarily ignore the trust’s money problems. Dozens of new nurses were brought in, and building work was carried out on the Accident and Emergency Department to bring it up to scratch.
And now a new man in charge of the Board of Trustees, Edward Libby, says he is pleased with the progress that’s been made so far but wants to see more being done:
“In their report last year, the inspectors highlighted a large number of areas where we had failed their regime. I know that Manjit and the clinicians and the management here have done enormous work over the last 9 months to remedy those deficiencies. I know that we have made enormous progress since then. When we come out of special measures is not in my control but I am determined that we will.”
Last week, a re-inspection took place. But the CQC is not due to publish their new report until September.
Mr Libby says they seemed fairly positive when they left.
“We will get the full report in around 6 weeks. Obviously I can’t give you the full details on what they said but certainly when they left, the inspectors gave us the impression that in their view, this is a hospital with very caring staff. This is a hospital that’s committed to meet the needs of patients. This is a hospital where there are real areas of clinical and nursing excellence.”