Basildon Hospital Criticised By Care Quality Commission

The government’s healthcare watchdog, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has publsihed a report making numerous criticisms of the Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust “the Trust”.

The Trust is responsible for Basildon and Orsett Hospitals in Essex, which were the subject of a surprise inspection by the CQC.  The inspection uncovered a number of alarming matters, including the re-use of single use medical products, blood splattered surfaces and equipment, mould apparently growing on equipment, poor cleaning and the use of linen beyond the date by which it should have been changed.

The failures in standards were such that the CQC concluded that the Trust had breached the regulation to protect patients and staff from the risks of acquiring infection.

The Trust has recently been the subject of adverse comment in relation to statistics published by Dr Foster, which it is claimed demonstrate a death rate one third higher than the national average.

The CQC has issued the Trust with a warning notice requiring improvements in the standards of premises, equipment and cleanliness.

Posted 27th November 2009 | Posted in News,Uncategorised