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CQC Update: Two more hospital trusts in special measures


22 September 2015

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Addenbrooke’s hospital, and East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, run by Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, were both put in special measures by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), a new report revealed today.

Addenbrooke’s hospital, and East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, run by Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, were both put in special measures by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), a new report revealed today.

The Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is one of the largest in the country with more than 1,000 beds and represents Addenbrooke’s and Rosie Hospitals, was recommended to be placed into special measures by the chief inspector of hospitals.

It was criticised for a “significant shortfall of staff in a number of areas”, resulting in staff being moved from services to make up numbers, and use of bank or agency staff.

However, “despite this patients received excellent care” the report said, and the hospital was given a ‘good’ rating in the caring category.

The hospital has now become the 26th trust in England to be placed into the  improvement regime.

The booking centre managers were working to develop external relationships with the CCGs in order to improve quality and consistency of the service.

The same is reported for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, as the CQC said: “Low staffing levels were affecting the trust’s ability to deliver efficient care.

“Patients were not always being seen for follow up appointments within the timescales requested by their clinician and at times clinics were cancelled at short notice. Patients were not always being informed until they arrived for their appointment,” the report read.

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