There will doubtless be a mixed reaction to the news that health services in Essex – along with those in North Cumbria and parts of Devon – will soon come under the control of NHS Regulators.
Specialist medical negligence solicitor, Alan Mendham, explains why:
“The Chief Executive of the NHS has conceded that there have been systematic failings in local healthcare provision and that these failings have, indeed, impacted negatively on the standard of patient care,” he says.
“Many will be relieved to hear the NHS publicly accepting responsibility for its mistakes and its acknowledgement that patient care has been harmed. They will also welcome the plan for taking a holistic approach to improving standards, which will potentially help to reduce the incidences of delays in diagnosis or accessing treatment – both of which are crucial.”
A coordinated approach to services can improve standards
The success regime has a key aim of ensuring a coordinated approach across GP services, hospitals and social care. This acknowledges that, rather than being isolated incidents in individual health care settings, problems in one part of the system can have a knock-on effect elsewhere.
“However,” Alan points out “the news comes a little late in the day for those patients who have suffered life changing injuries that could have been prevented had they received the quality of care and treatment that they would have expected.”
Essex hospitals already in special measures
Essex hospitals have been experiencing problems in a number of key areas, particularly with regard to:
- Staff shortages
- Failure to meet waiting times targets
- Financial problems
Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust – which is responsible for Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital – has already been put into special measures. Colchester General Hospital also reported the highest number of “never events” in the whole of England for the 2014-2015 period. Mid Essex Hospitals Trust – which includes Broomfield Hospital – reported the third highest.
Better care and improvements in patient safety
“This coordinated action to improve the standard of health care services in the area is a positive move for patients,” comments Alan. “For those whose quality of life has already suffered because of the treatment they have received, we hope that this news indicates a real culture of openness, transparency and accountability within the NHS. This, in turn, should lead to better care and much-needed improvements in patient safety.”
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