Mixed fortunes for Royal Lancaster Infirmary after damning report

The Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
The Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

The Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI) has once again come under fire after a report said immediate action must be taken on staffing levels and the quality of management.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) findings came as Morecambe Bay health bosses denied there are plans to close Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal in order to invest more money in the RLI.

The CQC carried out an unnanounced inspection on January 21 to follow up a previous inspection which resulted in two warning notices being issued about staffing levels on Ward 39, which cares for patients with mixed medical conditions.

The Morecambe Bay health trust said that since the inspection staffing on the ward was now up to scratch, and it had “additional leadership support” in place. It said it was also going to be publishing staffing levels on a monthly basis for all of its wards.

Meanwhile David Morris MP said the RLI was in line to receive the bulk of a £150m sum of Government money.

“It’s fantastic news and is reward for the hard work of staff at the hospital for turning things around,” he said.

“I The money is across the whole Trust but most will be spent in Lancaster.”