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Medical Negligence Expert Calls For Elderly Care Improvements

CQC Critical Of Two NHS Trusts


Two NHS Trusts criticised for failings in elderly care need to quickly develop a clear strategy on how they intend to improve standards, a medical negligence specialist at Irwin Mitchell has demanded.

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust have come under fire from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after new reports revealed concerns over several issues.

Among the problems highlighted at both Trusts were patients not getting help eating and nursing staff also being unsure of which of those under their care had certain requirements.

Medical law experts at Irwin Mitchell represent the families of vulnerable adults who have suffered as a result of neglect or errors in their treatment by NHS Trusts across England and Wales, while it has also acted in a variety of cases against Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Suzanne Munroe, a Partner and clinical negligence expert at Irwin Mitchell, said: “Reports over the past few days have really put standards of care for vulnerable adults into the spotlight, so it is vital that the right response is seen by both NHS Trusts flagged in the latest reports by the CQC.

“It is imperative that both organisations work quickly to put guidelines in place which will ensure staff are able to perform their duties to the best possible standard and provide all elderly patients with quality care.

“Problems with care often leave families and victims traumatised and deeply frustrated, with them demanding answers over how problems emerged.

“Both Trusts need to show their willingness to improve and provide strong reassurances to anyone of those affected that such concerns will become a thing of the past.”

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