MP to meet with health bosses

RYE MP Amber Rudd is to meet with the Chief Executive and Chairman of the East Sussex Healthcare Trust

following the damning report on standards.

Amber said the Care Quality Comission report was “disappointing and worrying” and called for more improvements to be made.

But she also welcome the swift action of the Trust in addressing issues raised.

The CQC revisited the Conquest Hospital in September 2011. Their recent report shows that the Trust has made a number of improvements, since their last visit, that have ensured that services are now compliant in five areas where there were previously major or moderate concerns.

However, there are still four areas where the CQC is concerned and has issued a warning to the Trust that it must do more to improve the way it monitors and assesses the standards of treatment and care patients receive. Amber Rudd is calling for the Trust to address these issues immediately.

Amber Rudd commented: “The CQC report last year was very disappointing and worrying. Residents are entitled to a high degree of quality and care from our local NHS, and, most of the reports I receive from constituents confirm that they have received this, but the weaknesses revealed by the CQC are very concerning.

“I am encouraged at the swift and focused response of the Trust to some of the highlighted areas of weakness. However, I am concerned by the number of serious failings that the CQC has highlighted after their recent visit and the Trust needs to take robust action address these failings immediately. I will be meeting with the Chief Executive and Chairman of the Trust straight away to discuss this and ongoing plans for improvement.”

Amber also welcomes the introduction of ward matrons as the clinical leaders on every ward to ensure that sustained delivery of quality standards for every patient.

She said: “I am very pleased that the Trust is introducing ward matrons, as they offer strong leadership with clear authority and can ensure that high clinical standards are met.”