Top NHS trust to be placed in special measures
A leading NHS trust has been put into special measures after it was rated as “inadequate” by inspectors from the Care Quality Commission. Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was found to have shortages in staff putting patient care and safety at risk, according to inspectors. The trust runs the Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Rosie Birth Centre, where improvements now need to be made to ensure that staffing levels do not affect patient care.
Other concerns raised by inspectors included frequently cancelled operations with long waiting times, old equipment and poor satisfaction ratings from staff. The trust is also being monitored for its finances, as it is running a deficit of around £1.2million per week.
However the trust’s chairwoman Jane Ramsey has reassured patients that the trust is taking the findings by CQC very seriously and action will be taken immediately to address the problems, so that safety and high-quality care is restored. Issues such as staff shortages are already being addressed by the trust, but if improvements are not made quickly enough then further action can be taken to replace the trust’s senior staff.