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Barts Health NHS Trust under special measures

By on March 18, 2015 in News

Barts Health NHS Trust, the largest in the NHS, has been put into special measures by the NHS Trust Development Authority (NTDA).

The trust’s hospitals are:

  • The Royal London
  • St Bartholomew’s
  • Mile End
  • Newham University
  • London Chest Hospital
  • Whipps Cross University Hospital

Barts-Whipps-CrossIt seems that the main reason why this has happened is due to problems with Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone which has been rated as ‘inadequate’.

Last month Barts Health chief executive Peter Morris and chief nurse Professor Kay Riley resigned two weeks after the trust reported a deficit of £93 million, double the projected figure.

Many East Enders dependent on Whipps Cross

45 members of the independent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection team spent six days at Whipps Cross in November 2014, visiting the hospital twice unannounced. They were not impressed by what they found.

“There is a large section of the population in east London who depend on [Whipps Cross] hospital and they are entitled to services which provide safe, effective, compassionate and high quality care.”

Prof. Sir Mike Richards, Chief Inspector of Hospitals

‘Culture of bullying’

Problems at Whipps Cross include:

  • Culture of bullying and harassment
  • Low morale
  • Downgrading of several hundred staff badly impacted staff and service levels
  • Implementations of IT systems impacting patient safety and care
  • Insufficient nursing and medical staff to ensure safe care
  • Unstructured handovers
  • Dying patients not identified and so needs not assessed and met
  • Use of national clinical guidelines not evident

You can read the CQC inspection report for Whipps Cross here.

Whipps Cross is not in Wapping

Even Google Maps realises that Whipps Cross hospital is not in Wapping.

So why is Love Wapping running this story? Simple. Most if not all of us are reliant on the Royal London (just up the road) and or Barts (just a bus ride away) and these hospitals are both part of Barts NHS Trust.

The only reports our editorial team have read about this very important issue have been in the Guardian (see links below) with no coverage in our ‘local press’ – such as it is.

So we thought we should bring this to your attention.

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