Tameside Hospital to remain in special measures
Wednesday 16th July 2014 @ 14:54 by Max Wieland
Tameside Hospital is set to remain in special measures after being rated ‘inadequate’ by health inspectors.
SPECIAL MEASURES: Tameside Hospital.

SPECIAL MEASURES: Tameside Hospital.

The announcement today comes after inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) visited the trust in May this year.

It comes one year on after the hospital was placed in special measures and ordered to take urgent action following a review by NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh.

CQC’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, said: “Despite some areas of development, notably maternity and children’s care, overall Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has made inadequate progress for me to recommend that it can leave special measures at this time.

“Despite hard work by the staff – evidenced by the feedback patients gave us – there are still significant issues in a number of areas which are preventing local people receiving the care they deserve.”

Karen James, the Chief Executive of Tameside Hospital Trust, said “We set out on a journey of improvement 12 months ago to address all the areas of concern highlighted to the Keogh Review; and to ensure the hospital is delivering a high quality of healthcare for our patients.

“We are mid-way through that journey and we have made good progress so far, which is down to our staffs continued support, hard work and dedication. We are not into a quick fix solution but ensuring that improvements have a firm grounding and will continue long term.”