Created: 06 April 2017
The Care Quality Commission’s recent inspection of Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust has rated the Trust as inadequate and recommended a return to special measures. This means that NHS Improvements will now provide additional resources and support to help turn the Trust around. However, it is important to note that Goole Hospital was not inspected as it was recently rated as Good, something that we local people know to be true.
Below is a quote that I have issued to the press today:
“This is a deeply concerning report and we are once again in the position where this Trust is in need of extra support. The results of the CQC report will not be a shock to many local patients who have experienced poor service and treatment at some of our local hospitals. It is important to emphasise that Goole Hospital was not part of this inspection as it was rated good when it was last visited.
The report is not a reflection on the dedication of local midwives, nurses and health care assistants who, along with other professionals, are working hard to deliver excellent care. The management of the Trust has to take responsibility for these failings and they should apologise to local patients for their failure to provide the sort of care that is so normal elsewhere in the NHS.
I found it incredible that the Chief Executive of the Trust was actually allowed to go off on secondment elsewhere when these problems were mounting. At the very time when leadership is needed, we are in the position of having only an interim Chief Executive. It is outrageous that such a situation has been allowed to occur.
What is required now is consistency and we must have a management team in place that is permanent and that is genuinely dedicated to the Trust long term. That is what I and other local MPs will be working on together to ensure.
This Government is putting record funding into the NHS, with the budget going up every year. Despite that, the rising costs of treatment and demographic shift, is continuing to put huge strains on the whole system. That is not an excuse, however, for the sort of failings that this CQC report has exposed. Patients and local people expect and deserve better.
Many of the issues highlighted have, of course, been at Scunthorpe and Grimsby Hospitals and I will be keeping a close watch to ensure that our excellent hospital at Goole isn't unduly affected by this failure of leadership at the Trust.”