New blow for troubled East Lancashire hospitals trust

Blackburn Citizen: Burnley General Hospital Burnley General Hospital

THE trust which runs East Lancashire’s hospitals has received a further blow as Burnley General was issued a warning by a health watchdog.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said yesterday the hospital had failed to meet an essential standard around ‘assessing and monitoring the quality of service’, during an unannounced inspection in November.

The finding came after a number of employees reported staff shortages on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

The inspectors said: “Whilst we saw evidence to support that action had been taken, for example on occasion closure of the unit to admissions and the annual leave and sickness absence policy had been reviewed, we saw little evidence to support that the information had been analysed and evaluated.

“Feedback to staff on this issue was poor and morale was described as ‘low’ by senior staff. We noted staff absence levels had increased to over 10 per cent for a prolonged period of time.”

The report caps a troubling year for East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, which was placed in special measures in July.

But the latest failure was not as serious as those identified at the Royal Blackburn Hospital in the summer, when the CQC took e action to improve the emergency department.

The Burnley site was found to be meeting the two other standards examined and the report included dozens of positive comments.

Jonathan Wood, acting chief executive, said: “Of the three essential standards assessed within the inspection, a minor concern was raised in relation to outcome 16 in relation to NICU. Staff working on the NICU were praised by parents for their friendly, polite and caring attitude.”

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11:38am Wed 1 Jan 14

mavrick says...

I can not believe the comments of acting chief executive Jonathon Wood, If these problems were so minor why was the hospital issued with a warning? I am afraid it is bad management at the top that needs addressing starting with acting chief executives. Was this not the same hospital that left swabs inside a patient? I remember when we were promised more midwives in the community as they closed the small maternity homes, where are they? nobody saw any. The biggest problem is the slashing of NHS budgets by the coalition, perhaps Gordon Birtwistle can justify the cuts?
By the time the staffing shortage can be addressed I would suggest the highly trained nurses will have gone abroad or simply left thanks to the demoralizing behavior of the managers. I do find it patronising of the CQC to be all high and mighty in their spot checks, just remember this commission were responsible for overseeing mid staffs. surprising how the kick they got has made them do the job they were supposed to be doing in the first place.
I can not believe the comments of acting chief executive Jonathon Wood, If these problems were so minor why was the hospital issued with a warning? I am afraid it is bad management at the top that needs addressing starting with acting chief executives. Was this not the same hospital that left swabs inside a patient? I remember when we were promised more midwives in the community as they closed the small maternity homes, where are they? nobody saw any. The biggest problem is the slashing of NHS budgets by the coalition, perhaps Gordon Birtwistle can justify the cuts? By the time the staffing shortage can be addressed I would suggest the highly trained nurses will have gone abroad or simply left thanks to the demoralizing behavior of the managers. I do find it patronising of the CQC to be all high and mighty in their spot checks, just remember this commission were responsible for overseeing mid staffs. surprising how the kick they got has made them do the job they were supposed to be doing in the first place. mavrick

11:56am Wed 1 Jan 14

phil kernot says...

Sack. A manager and employ 10 cleaners Joanathhon woods has never had a infection caused by his so called cut back of his cleaners just to save managers jobs
Sack. A manager and employ 10 cleaners Joanathhon woods has never had a infection caused by his so called cut back of his cleaners just to save managers jobs phil kernot

6:57pm Wed 1 Jan 14

onlyonesimongarner says...

why are the LT deleting comments SIPERINJUNCTION?
why are the LT deleting comments SIPERINJUNCTION? onlyonesimongarner

6:58pm Wed 1 Jan 14

onlyonesimongarner says...

ask ms wisset if they existed in her time
ask ms wisset if they existed in her time onlyonesimongarner

8:29pm Wed 1 Jan 14

mayor07 says...

Mavrick, couldn't agree more about the acting chief exec's comment. Dreadful, just dreadful.
Mavrick, couldn't agree more about the acting chief exec's comment. Dreadful, just dreadful. mayor07

8:46pm Wed 1 Jan 14

davemcb says...

Once again the failed socialist healthcare system is found wanting. It's sad that the tories don't admit that it is unsolvable and start with a new model rather than keeping the old duffer on life support but incapable of functioning properly. The NHS - envy only of the Third World.
Once again the failed socialist healthcare system is found wanting. It's sad that the tories don't admit that it is unsolvable and start with a new model rather than keeping the old duffer on life support but incapable of functioning properly. The NHS - envy only of the Third World. davemcb

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