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‘Patients deserve better’ - Hospital treating Bexley patients slammed in damning CQC report

PUBLISHED: 17:05 03 November 2016

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Queen Elizabeth Hospital ‘requires improvement’ the report states

A damning report has branded safety at a nearby hospital as ‘inadequate’.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, which treats patients from Bexley, has received a report by the hospitals’ inspectorate revealing it ‘requires improvement’ - an step up from its previous ‘inadequate’ rating.

The maternity and gynaecology department was the only area to receive a ‘good’ rating in the inspection.

Bexleyheath and Crayford MP David Evennett has requested an urgent meeting with the hospitals’ trusts chief executive Tim Higginson.

“I have previously raised issues that were highlighted in this report, and it is disappointing they had not been addressed” commented Mr Evennett.

“Patients deserve better, and I will be meeting the hospital chief executive next week to discuss their plans for improvement.”

A spokesperson for Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust said: “The report does note that we have made progress since the last CQC inspection in February 2014, and we are pleased that our staff received a rating of ‘Good’ for providing a caring, kind, and compassionate service.

“We recognise there is more to do and we have a detailed programme of improvements to our emergency pathway, and care in our wards.

“We are working with our health and social care partners – and indeed the CQC themselves – to develop the response to all the CQC’s findings.”

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