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Bill Cash raises questions over Care Quality Commission report on Stafford Hospital

Press release 17/12/09

In light of the Care Quality Commission's six month review into Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, Bill Cash MP said:
“Although the Care Quality Commission, like its predecessor the Healthcare Commission, has made some important observations in its recent report, it means little when we see that action is postponed or not delivered on. I see that the Chairman of the Commission, Baroness Young, has now resigned which does not surprise me. What is the Commission going to do about this serious situation? Will it call for another report or monitoring exercise in six months time? That is too late and action needs to be taken now.
“These findings come after the Royal College of Surgeons’ review had to be set up to investigate two serious untoward incidents and poor outcomes in surgery at the hospital.
“The Care Quality Commission has said the Trust needs to improve the complaints mechanism, that the Trust is still using bank and agency staff to supplement numbers and is concerned about the level of cover on the clinical decision unit during night shifts. In my view, those problems have already been identified previously. Nothing will get done until a proper inquiry is launched, under the authority of Robert Francis and the Secretary of State, in order to get to the bottom of this. 
“The review has at least discovered that there was insufficient evidence that all the initiatives forming part of the transformation programme were translating into improved outcomes for patients. A full and independent inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005 is required to deal properly with the future of the hospital. The other alternative is to wait and see what the Commission can find evidence of improved outcomes in 12 months time. That may well be 12 months too late for some patients and their families.”

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