Damning report finds Morecambe Bay health trust ‘inadequate’

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Quality of care at Morecambe Bay’s health trust remains inadequate, a new report has found.

Lancaster and Morecambe newspapers has obtained a copy of the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) most recent report, which is due to be published next week following an inspection in February.

The report found that safety and leadership at the trust both fall short of the mark, while the “responsiveness” of the trust requires improvement.

Effectiveness of services and “care” provided were found to be good, however.

The report found that “there was no clear strategy for the future of services across the trust”, and that “strategic plans and risks were not well known at ward or team level”.

Inspectors found that there was a heavy reliance on the Better Care Together strategy, which is still being developed, to address the challenges facing the trust.

Systems for reporting incidents were not consistently followed, and the trust failed to drive changes and improve practice by learning from reported incidents.

There are areas of concern where staff have repeatedly failed to follow guidelines or protocols, and audits were not consistently applied to secure improvements and manage risks.

The report found that staff shortages in a number of services was having an adverse impact in patient safety and care, despite the trust recruiting an additional 135 staff.

Communication between management and front line staff, with the exception of the executive nurse, was found to be “poor”, and there are still staffing concerns on Ward 39 and other medical wards.

Failure to address staffing issues in medical wards was adversely affecting the quality of care provided to patients, the inspection found

Last week, UHMBT chairman John Cowdall medical director George Nasmyth announced their resignations.

Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris said:“I am aware that the CQC will be reporting about the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, I welcome the fact that the CQC is holding the Trust to account in the interests of patient safety. I think it would be quite wrong to comment on a leaked report, I will read the report carefully when it is published.

“I am in regular contact with the Secretary of State for Health and I will be discussing the report with him when it is published.”