All clear! Hospital now rated 'good'

Thurrock Gazette: Chief executive Clare Panniker, centre-front, celebrates latest report with staff Chief executive Clare Panniker, centre-front, celebrates latest report with staff

BASILDON Hospital is the first of 14 in the country to be taken out of special measures.

Staff are celebrating after the Care Quality Commission rated the hospital “good” – prompting health regulator Monitor to lift a string of sanctions.

Its maternity unit is also the first in the country to be rated “outstanding” by the health watchdog.

Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle- Price said: “I would like to congratulate all the staff for the real efforts they have made to bring the hospital trust out of special measures.

It says so much about them that they have worked hard to bring about this improvement.

“What has happened is a profound cultural change within that trust. It has been achieved by leadership.”

Hospital trust chief executive Clare Panniker said the announcement marked the “start of a new exciting chapter”

for the hospital, which has previously been plagued with controversy.

She added: “This is real a turning point. We can draw a line under the last four years and really start to move forward without the shackles of special measures.

“It marks the end of an era and the start of a new exciting chapter for our trust when we can once more be confident – as the regulators now are – in the quality of our care.

Basildon was one of 14 failing hospitals to be put into special measures by Monitor last July due to concerns about standards of care and high death rates.

Troubleshooter Adam Cayley, from Monitor, was drafted in as a dedicated improvement director to help turn the hospital around.

The trust has since made a number of changes, including hiring more than 200 doctors and nurses. The hospital is due to continue working closely with London’s Royal Free Hospital, which it was partnered with during the special measures process.

Out of the 16 hospitals in the country to have been inspected under the revamped Care Quality Commission system, Basildon is the sixth to be rated “good” overall.

The others required improvement.

Basildon is the first of the 14 special measures

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3:18pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Sugarman says...

Not sure why they are celebrating, standards should never have dropped that low to begin with.
Not sure why they are celebrating, standards should never have dropped that low to begin with. Sugarman
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6:34pm Thu 12 Jun 14

ThurrockResident says...

So more infections , deaths and elderly being starved to death and left without water then?
So more infections , deaths and elderly being starved to death and left without water then? ThurrockResident
  • Score: 3

2:01am Fri 13 Jun 14

d_2da_ougle says...

the hospitials turned a corner well done clare panniker and team
the hospitials turned a corner well done clare panniker and team d_2da_ougle
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12:59pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Sugarman says...

d_2da_ougle wrote:
the hospitials turned a corner well done clare panniker and team
It should never ever have got that bad, why are you congratulating them when the patient care/hygiene and had plummeted? It was their lack of professionalism and care that made the hospital as bad as it was. They should have been on top of it from the beginning, not revelling in the glory of "turning a corner"!
[quote][p][bold]d_2da_ougle[/bold] wrote: the hospitials turned a corner well done clare panniker and team[/p][/quote]It should never ever have got that bad, why are you congratulating them when the patient care/hygiene and had plummeted? It was their lack of professionalism and care that made the hospital as bad as it was. They should have been on top of it from the beginning, not revelling in the glory of "turning a corner"! Sugarman
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12:48am Sat 14 Jun 14

d_2da_ougle says...

i say so int he belief from my own experiance im afrad bad managment and a bullying culture leads to a bad team who feel intimidation they have every right to revel in success and celebrate with a new leader and from my own experiance sorry i have seen it myself i have nothing but praise for them they gave me awnsers i should of had a long time ago and all the staff from the nurses to the consultant were at the top of there game i had my patella religned at the hospitial and thank them for their help
i say so int he belief from my own experiance im afrad bad managment and a bullying culture leads to a bad team who feel intimidation they have every right to revel in success and celebrate with a new leader and from my own experiance sorry i have seen it myself i have nothing but praise for them they gave me awnsers i should of had a long time ago and all the staff from the nurses to the consultant were at the top of there game i had my patella religned at the hospitial and thank them for their help d_2da_ougle
  • Score: 1

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