Time for Change
The CQC reports out yesterday exposed many failures and the report only mentions the word “good” twice.
Examples of the very serious concerns from the March inspection all about patient safety:
– Not reporting patient safety incidents
– Not carrying out child protection checks
– Not keeping track of controlled drugs
– Not having enough staff
– Putting patients in dangerous situations (probably corridor)
It would be all too easy to blame front line staff when the failings are clearly that there just aren’t enough front line staff employed in the 2 county emergency departments, the hospitals are badly run by management and the Worcester Royal Site is just not big enough.
The current Acute trust board has presided over poor patient care and financial miss-management, last financial year with a £25.9 million deficit and is predicting it will end the current fiscal year even further in the red, forecasting a £31.3 million deficit.
Gary Walker, former NHS Trust CEO said:
“It’s clear these people don’t know how to run these hospitals. First the Trust failed on managing its money, then for the past two years failed most of its targets, now it’s failing on patient safety”.
“It’s a hat-trick of failures”
You have to ask why it took months of negative headlines and a damning resignation letter from the 4 Alex A&E consultants:
Before the Care Quality Commission finally took any action back in March, and why the trust management where oblivious to the serious failings that the CQC found.
Save the Alex have twice expressed no confidence in the Trust board, first in December 2012:
and again in February 2015:
It is utter madness that further centralising of services is still being considered. This will place an “impossible burden” on Worcester at the Worcester Royal Site.
The centralisation project in Worcestershire has failed and must not be allowed to continue, the Worcester Royal Hospital was never designed to be the hub hospital for the county.
It is excepted things need to change, it is also obvious that Worcester Acute Hospitals Trust are not the people or the organisation to deliver this change. Universities Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) made it clear yesterday (15/06/15) they want to be involved in the review, be part of the solution and that they need the Alexandra Hospital A&E department to remain a strong viable department.
The Trust Development Authority must now act and instruct the Acute Trust, the 3 Clinical Commissioning Groups in Worcestershire and the Future of Acute Hospitals Services Worcestershire Programme Board to allow (UHB) to become part of the potential solution for Worcestershire.
We know Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG and Worcestershire’s Local Medical Committee are supportive of exploring all possible options including UHB too.
LMC Response – http://www.savethealex.co.uk/press-release-150615/
Previous relevant Press Releases
STA WMCS Response: