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MP: 'CQC warning notices show even though management has changed the hardest work is ahead of us'

March 6, 2012 10:54 AM

Tim and the Lib Dems at WGHSouth Lakes MP Tim Farron has today said even though the management of the trust has changed the real work is yet to start on turning the organisation around.

Tim's comments follow on from the publication this morning of two further warning notices by the Care Quality Commission, in respect of Furness General Hospital and Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

The issues raised in the Warning Notices include staff shortages and other areas of concern about care related to assessment, observation, record keeping and privacy and dignity.

Tim has spoken to the CQC this morning and he will be meeting Sir David Henshaw again soon to talk about the turnaround plan.

Tim said: "When I met the new interim chair Sir David Henshaw, recently I said we needed a new start to build on the fantastic work of the doctors, nurses and staff and turn around the trust. Sir David is a well respected leader and I have been impressed by his determination and decisiveness so far, I look forward to working with him to improve patient care and to turn around the trust. Without rushing to conclusions, it is clear that there is too much pressure on staff and facilities at Lancaster, while Westmorland General Hospital is under-used. Placing new services at Kendal to alleviate the pressure at Lancaster and to ensure that South Lakeland patients are closer to their care, must be part of the solution. "