South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne has said he expects SaTH to improve, following publication of a report from the Care Quality Commission into local health services which rated the Trust “Inadequate”.
Mr Dunne visited the Princess Royal Hospital on the day it was announced the Trust would be placed in Special Measures, and has been in regular contact with senior management at the Trust to establish what steps they are taking to respond to the CQC report.
Mr Dunne said: “As we know, the Trust was recently placed into Special Measures. So this report from the CQC does not come as a surprise, though it provides more detail as to why it was felt necessary to put the Trust into Special Measures.
I visited the Trust earlier this month, and am confident that senior management are working hard to ensure patient safety improves. We know that many issues highlighted in the report have arisen due to inadequate staffing numbers, in particular in Accident and Emergency. But thanks to last week’s announcement we also know this is already being addressed through the addition to the A&E staffing rota of 3 consultants, 11 middle grade doctors and 15 new nurses. This recruitment was welcomed by the new Health Minister Stephen Hammond MP in response to my Question in the House of Commons on Tuesday.
The Trust is embracing Special Measures status as an opportunity to seek better guidance and examples from the NHS more widely, to help improve patient care here. This is the right approach.
I will continue to engage with Ministers and SaTH management and staff to ensure performance improves in future, so the Trust puts itself in the best place to come out of Special Measures as soon as it is appropriate to do so.”