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Farron: 'Outstanding' care rating shows dedication of hospital staff

February 9, 2017 9:59 AM

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has praised the dedication of local hospital staff following their most recent inspection, which saw the quality of care provided being awarded a rating of 'outstanding'.

The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) was inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in October. The Trust was given an overall rating of 'good', the second highest available, while the level of care provided by staff was given the top rating of 'outstanding'.

UHMBT runs the Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal, as well as the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and the Furness General Hospital. All of these were visited as part of the inspection.

Tim said: "This is fantastic news, and is a reflection of the hard work, dedication and professionalism of local NHS staff. Nobody wants to have to go to hospital, but it is massively reassuring for local people to know that if they do need to go they will receive the highest standards of care.

"This rating is particularly welcome given where the Trust was just a few years ago, and the massive improvements that have been made. My sincere thanks and congratulations go to all the NHS staff at our local hospitals."