The CQC have published a report this week about the quality of services provided by The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
We have been working closely with the Trust for some time and are pleased that improvements made over the past two years have been acknowledged. These include:
- the standard of care being provided overall
- critical care provision at Dewsbury and District Hospital
- women’s and maternity services
- children’s services
- accident and emergency (A&E) including the Trust’s achievements on meeting the four hour A&E waiting time
- the significant improvement in the hospitals’ weekend mortality rates.
Much progress has been made at the Trust since it was in the national spotlight with a very real risk of failure. We have also supported the Trust’s drive to recruit additional nursing staff, with two cohorts of nurses already having started this year and another planned for early in the new year.
However, we are not complacent. It is clear from the report that the Trust still has some way to go to meet the required standards and deliver the care that we, patients and the public expect.
Overall, the findings are not a surprise to us. Together with our neighbouring CCG in Wakefield, we have been working closely with the Trust to ensure that areas of concern are improved.
We have already taken part in a Clinical Summit with representatives from the CQC and the Trust to agree first steps towards addressing the concerns raised in the report, and to confirm our continuing support for, and involvement with, the Trust as it makes the required changes. Particular areas for action include staffing levels, improving learning from serious incidents, reducing pressure ulcers and reducing referral to treatment times.
It is in all of our interests to ensure that we have safe, high quality services locally and we will be providing support and encouragement to the senior management and clinical staff. You can find out more about the report here.