The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found significant failings at the Royal London hospital, just up the road from Wapping, and Newham University hospital. LW reported in March 2015 that the Barts Health NHS trust which runs both hospitals had been put under special measures.
While Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone was the primary cause for concern in the March report it is now the Royal London and Newham hospitals which have been criticised. Significant numbers of East End residents are dependent on one or other of these hospitals for health care.
CQC inspection teams found that both the Royal London and Newham hospitals had failings in the following areas:
- Staffing ratios so bad that services were overly reliant on temporary staff
- Eight patients had the wrong part of their body operated on in the previous 14 months
- Patients had surgery cancelled multiple times due to a shortage of beds
- Too little attention to safety
- Safeguarding procedures for both adults and children were inadequate
65 areas were identified by the CQC where the trust needs to make improvements.
For more information
- Biggest NHS trust is failing on safety and quality of care, says watchdog (Guardian)
- Largest NHS trust is ‘inadequate’ (BBC)
- Chief Inspector of Hospitals publishes his findings on Barts Health NHS Trust (Care Quality Commission)
- Care Quality Commission publishes The Royal London and Newham University Hospital inspection reports (Barts NHS trust)