HEALTHWATCH WEST SUSSEX RESPONSE TO THE STATEMENT MADE TODAY BY THE CARE QUALITY COMMISSION (CQC)
Posted on: 01/07/2016
HEALTHWATCH WEST SUSSEX RESPONSE TO THE STATEMENT MADE TODAY BY THE CARE QUALITY COMMISSION (CQC) ON THE BRIGHTON SUSSEX UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL TRUST RECENT INSPECTION
Healthwatch West Sussex, as the independent watchdog for health and social care locally, works closely with the CQC to make sure inspectors understand the experiences and challenges for local people.
Today’s statement from the CQC concerning BSUH, (below) which includes the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton and the Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath is disturbing. It indicates there are serious problems around service quality, patient care and the management and governance in these hospitals.
Local Healthwatch has been working closely with the Trust to identify how the quality of patient services can be improved.
Frances Russell, Chair states “We believe local people want us to have excellent hospital services and support the staff at our local hospitals. We do not yet know the exact detail of the issues that concern the CQC but we are under no illusions that they are anything but serious.”
Local Healthwatch has offered the Trust a package of support including independent reviews of patient services, an independent audit of complaints and help in using patient experiences to improve patient care.
CQC tell Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust to improve services
The Care Quality Commission has told Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust that it must make significant improvements in the quality of its services at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and the Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath.
Following an inspection in April, CQC has issued a Warning Notice identifying three main areas for improvement:
• The trust’s systems to assess, monitor, and mitigate risks to people receiving care and treatment as inpatients and outpatients were not operating effectively. Patients were being put at unnecessary risk because they were not being dealt with properly or in appropriate areas.
• There were ineffective systems to ensure the care privacy and dignity of people attending both hospitals as inpatients and outpatients.
• The trust had been failing to ensure patients are seen in line with national timescales for diagnosis and treatment. In many services, too many patients were on waiting lists which failed to meet national standards.
Professor Edward Baker, Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals, said:
“People being treated at the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust are entitled to a service that is consistently safe, effective and responsive to their needs. Throughout our inspection we found that patients were not receiving the quality of care that they are entitled to expect, or within the timescales required.
“There is limited evidence to show these issues were being addressed at board level. We have told the trust they must improve and treat patients in a timely manner with care, dignity and respect. We have given the trust until the 30 August to address these immediate concerns. We will continue to monitor the trust closely, and will be returning in the near future to check that the trust has got an improved grip on these immediate issues.”
A report of the inspection will be published in due course.