Lawyer Urges NHS Trust To Improve Performance

CQC Continues To Call For Improvements

15.12.2010

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust must improve its standards of care following further criticism from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), a London-based medical lawyer at Irwin Mitchell has demanded.

An unannounced visit by the CQC was carried out at the end of September following concerns over how the Trust handles serious untoward incidents.

It found there was a lack of evidence that systems designed to examine and review such cases were working correctly, with the body adding that a consistent system was needed for the reporting of histopathology results.

Another inspection was held last week and the results are expected to be published in the future, while the CQC is set to continue to call for improvements.

Commenting on the situation, Auriana Griffiths of Irwin Mitchell’s Medical Law and Patients’ Rights team said: “All patients deserve to know their welfare and safety is treated as a top priority by the NHS Trusts responsible for them.

“The inspections in relation to this Trust have raised significant concerns over both the quality and safety standards that are being met.

“While improvements in some areas have been made, it is vital that there are further efforts to ensure that all services reach the best possible standard.”