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'Serious shortfalls' at Greater Manchester hospital


An under-fire NHS hospital has been reprimanded by health officials for failing to meet national safety standards.

Tameside Hospital Foundation Trust has been ordered to make improvements to ensure services meet safety and quality standards.

Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors found “serious shortfalls” against national standards, a spokesman said.

CQC inspectors visited Tameside General Hospital in January and found that the hospital was failing to meet eight of the 11 national standards reviewed.

Inspectors found that staff had a lack of understanding about mental health law and discovered one patient who had been unlawfully detained for “several days”.

A number of elective operations had been cancelled because of bed shortages, the spokesman said.

CQC officials found that on a number of wards and the medical assessment and admissions unit there were not enough staff to meet patient needs.

This meant staff were rushing to complete tasks, the spokesman added.

In parts of the hospital, patients were not being treated in a dignified way, the inspectors found.

In the wake of the Stafford Hospital scandal a number of hospitals, including Tameside, were investigated for having high mortality rates.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said that since 2005 there were thousands more deaths than would “normally be expected” at the 14 trusts reviewed.

The investigation, led by NHS medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, found that none of the hospitals investigated was providing “consistently high-quality care to patients” and all of the trusts were ordered to act on recommendations set out by health officials.

Mr Hunt announced that that 11 of the trusts, including Tameside, had been put into “special measures” for “fundamental breaches of care”.

“Our inspectors found a number of serious shortfalls against national standards”

Malcolm Bower-Brown

Malcolm Bower-Brown, CQC’s regional director for the north said: “Although we were pleased to find improvement in some areas since our last inspection, our inspectors found a number of serious shortfalls against national standards.

“We have told the trust where further improvements must be made to ensure patients and their families receive the service they are entitled to expect.

Malcolm Bower-Brown

Malcolm Bower-Brown

“We will return shortly to check that the necessary changes have been made and can be sustained for the future,” he said.

“As this trust is currently in special measures and already subject to enforcement action by Monitor, we have also shared the findings of our inspection with Monitor and asked them to ensure the concerns we have identified are addressed as part of their overall improvement programme for the trust,” he added.



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  • tinkerbell

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    David Bennett is the Chief Executive of Monitor, the regulator of the National Health Service in England. He was appointed Chief Executive and Chair in February 2011.[1] He had been Monitor's Interim Chief Executive since March 2010.[2]

    He was previously Head of the Policy Directorate in Number 10 Downing Street, serving between June 2005 and July 2007, when he was replaced after Gordon Brown replaced Tony Blair as Prime Minister. Bennett was previously at the management consultancy firm, McKINSEY & Company, in a 20-year career.

    In April 2011 he was named as the highest paid employee (£282 500) in the English NHS.[3] His salary (£230000) was the highest in the NHS in 2013.[4]

    He was said by the Health Service Journal to be the eighth most powerful person in the English NHS in December 2013.

    Do you see?

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  • Dear Tinkerbell

    I have read both the article and your comments - please would you 'join the dots' for me?
    sorry I am thick but I think you are making an important point and I am not quite sure what it is.

    Thank you

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  • tinkerbell

    No probs!

    'David Bennett has been Monitor chief executive since 2010, when he was appointed as an interim, and was also appointed as its chair in February 2011. His chief role was made permanent in 2012, and he will remain in that post.

    Baroness Hanham’s appointment means the chairs of both main health regulators are Conservatives. Care Quality Commission chair David Prior is a former Tory MP and former chief executive of the party'. HSJ journal.

    What was OUR NHS has been taken over by the tories covert agenda ready to privatise ASAP and any excuse will do. They plan to destroy rather than support failing hospitals, ready to re-open them as private run businesses although they once belonged to the NHS (National Health Service, not NAtional Health Plc)
    It's grand theft, totally amoral and totally unethical. Time to take a stand to save our civilised society, justice and fairness for all not just the mega rich.

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  • tinkerbell

    Sorry got cut off there.

    McKinsey & Company, Inc. is an American global management consulting firm who advises on businesses.

    Dewsbury hospital and A&E department is due to be downgraded from 360 beds to 210 beds. It maternity department will not be consultant led any longer. It will soon be even less viable. It will be run into the ground.

    More staff cuts. Less local hospitals, people travelling further afield, no consultation with local communities, Clause 119 can close a hospital within 40 days enshrined in law now.

    Tory Rule!

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  • tinkerbell

    Malcolm Bower-Brown

    “We will return shortly to check that the necessary changes have been made and can be sustained for the future,” he said.

    Wouldn't be surprised to find that he is also conservative.

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  • Conversely Tink, during the Labour lots time you could draw almost identical comparisons in the way in which regulatory bodies were staffed with Labour people or acolytes. PPP/PFI contracts were doled-out to donors, friends and friends of friends. They're all as bent as each other!

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  • tinkerbell

    Agreed. The more you dig the more corrupt. What terrible games they have all played.

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