It’s very disappointing the hospital has not improved enough to remove itself from ‘requires improvement’.However, these are still early days as it’s only six months after the first CQC inspection and it will take time to address the Commission's concerns in a number of areas.
I am confident, after speaking to the interim chief executive Tim Powell and the director of emergency care Rob Haigh last week, that the trust is moving the hospital forward, but it needs to improve faster.
Until it does, local people will be rightly concerned about the standard of care they might receive and trust with patients risks being lost if the situation does not improve.
It’s important to say how hard all the staff are working and the CQC report states that there is good, effective and caring services in urgent and emergency services.
It is vital senior management listen to staff on the front line as they will have the best ideas to improve the emergency department and medical care.