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Basildon hospital shows ‘significant improvements’


10 June 2014

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Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals foundation trust no longer needs to be under special measures, the chief inspector of hospitals has recommended. 
The trust had been sentenced and fined £50,000, plus £40,000 in costs for not providing appropriate care to one patient in 2010. 
And in 2009 the Care Quality Commission (CQC) had concerns over breaches of infection control standards, inadequate arrangements for treating children and poor care in A&E. 

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals foundation trust no longer needs to be under special measures, the chief inspector of hospitals has recommended. 
The trust had been sentenced and fined £50,000, plus £40,000 in costs for not providing appropriate care to one patient in 2010. 
And in 2009 the Care Quality Commission (CQC) had concerns over breaches of infection control standards, inadequate arrangements for treating children and poor care in A&E. 
However, the trust has made significant improvements in a number of areas, a CQC report claims. 
Sir Mike Richards, hospital chief inspector said: “Our inspection in March found significant improvements in a number of areas and we particularly found maternity services at the trust were outstanding.
“Some improvements are however still needed, so the trust cannot be complacent. But, as the trust has moved forward and made improvements across its services, CQC has confidence in the trust’s leadership to continue to work to make further changes for the good of its patients.”
Monitor has been overseeing the trust with regard to it being placed in to special measures and has the responsibility for deciding whether or not it should now exit special measures in the wake of CQC’s inspection and Sir Mike’s recommendation.
The trust, which serves a population of around 405,000, has been given an overall rating of ‘Good’ following CQC’s inspection. 
However, the hospital has been tasked with improving the way that medications are stored and recorded. Inspectors found controlled drugs had not been correctly recorded and out of date nutritional drugs were found. 

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