Morecambe Bay health trust failings ‘not worthy of civilised country’ – MP
Last updated at 17:07, Tuesday, 08 January 2013
THE health secretary has listed the organisation which runs Furness General Hospital as being among health bodies where reported failings are “not worthy of a civilised country”.
Jeremy Hunt criticised a number of NHS institutions, including the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.
He was speaking ahead of the release of findings from a two-year public inquiry into failings at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.
He said: “James Paget, East Surrey, Romford, Morecambe Bay and, of course, Stafford Hospital are amongst the many NHS institutions where people have reported failings in care in recent years that are simply not worthy of a civilised country.
“These failings of basic human compassion represent perhaps the most shocking betrayal of NHS founding values in its history.”
Sir David Henshaw, UHMBT interim chairman, said the Mid-Staffordshire report would be reviewed by the Morecambe Bay trust and its recommendations would be acted on.
He added: “The trust has made huge progress in putting quality and patient care at the forefront of the work since the Care Quality Commission issued its first warning notice in September 2011.
“All the warning notices have now been lifted and the CQC regard our services as safe.
“However, we recognise there is still a lot of work yet to do and we will continue to make improvements.”
Bereaved Dalton dad, James Titcombe, lost his son Joshua in November 2008, nine days after his birth at FGH in Barrow.
Mr Titcombe said: “I think it’s important the health secretary has acknowledged the failings at Morecambe Bay, and in quite strong language.
“It’s an indication that what happened at Mid Staffordshire wasn’t a one-off. Morecambe Bay has got a lot of similarities.”
Mr Titcombe is among parents campaigning for an independent investigation into why failings at UHMBT were allowed to happen, and to protect and strengthen Barrow’s consultant-led maternity unit.
Bereaved mum, Liza Brady who lost her son, Alex Davey-Brady, at FGH in September 2008, added: “We’re hoping that, once the findings come through, we can say, ‘right, now the same is needed here’.”
First published at 16:39, Tuesday, 08 January 2013
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jeremy hunt says hospitals will be closed if they are not performing well. If they close the public will suffer.not fit for purpose means none at all does it?
Sir David Henshaw said: The trust has made huge progress in putting quality and patient care at the forefront of the work since the Care Quality Commission issued its first warning notice in September 2011No you have not David. You have cut staff numbers , cut services and brought moral to an all-time low.
Not just the nursing side but the services side also.
Domestics not cleaning but transporting food wagons due to portering cut backs. Infection control at its finest.
Maternity services being wound up to be moved.
Catering being lined up for massive changes i.e. Bought in frozen meals.
Take note people , this NHS trust is being lined up for services privatisation. Then watch it decline even more.
David is covering up massive changes. Fight for the NHS before its gone.
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