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CQC Extends Investigation at Cumbria Trust

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has today announced its intention to carry out an in-depth investigation into the delivery of emergency care services at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. The Trust operates five hospitals in Cumbria and Lancashire.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has today announced its intention to carry out an in-depth investigation into the delivery of emergency care services at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. The Trust operates five hospitals in Cumbria and Lancashire.

Patient safety at the Trust has been under intense scrutiny following the June 2011 inquest into the death of nine day old Joshua Titcombe at the maternity services unit in Furness General Hospital.

Speaking after the announcement, Joshua’s father James said, “Wider investigation by the CQC is good news for patients because it will help to ensure long term solutions are put into place, rather than short term fixes. Problems at the Maternity Unit date back for years, but because the Trust was not open about mistakes and glossed over complaints, my son and others died. It’s essential that the ongoing patient safety issues are openly and completely resolved. I’m really grateful that the Regulator continues to be focused on pushing through improvements at Furness General Hospital and throughout the Trust.”

Vicki Jagger from Burnetts is the Titcombes’ solicitor. She said, “I’m pleased to see the CQC maintaining pressure on the Trust. However, the fact that it has extended its investigations to accident and emergency services leads me to conclude that the CQC feels the Trust is not making the fundamental changes in culture and standards that are required. If that is the case, I’m disappointed that the Trust’s management continues to display the same old attitude of complacency to patient safety which has had such disastrous consequences in the past.”

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Tuesday 17th January

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Published: Tuesday 17th January 2012
Categorised: Medical Negligence

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