“Inadequate” report to be scrutinised

Eastbourne DGH, District General Hospital. July 19th 2013 E30007P SUS-150104-121632001
Eastbourne DGH, District General Hospital. July 19th 2013 E30007P SUS-150104-121632001

An urgent meeting into the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust’s (ESHT) inadequate CQC report will be held on Friday.

The East Sussex Health and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC), is set to meet at County Hall in Lewes on Friday at 10am.

The executive management team should hold their heads in shame, apologies and leave! Then we need to re-assess what has been done in the last two years of single-siting, and get back those services our local people so desperately need.

Liz Walke

The only item on the agenda is to review the CQC report, which found ESHT, Eastbourne DGH and the Conquest Hospital inadequate.

HOSC will ask the Trust to put forward its plan for the future and the committee will then monitor the progress of the plan.

HOSC members will also hear from a number of witnesses, including the CQC, ESHT, the East Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), the Trust Development Authority (TDA, and Healthwatch.

Liz Walke, chairman of campaign group Save the DGH said, “On looking at the agenda and papers, what evidence are they going to receive from staff and patients?

“It looks as if the same people who are witnesses are the same organisations, apart from the CQC (Care Quality Commission) which have said everything’s fine with East Sussex Healthcare Trust and its management.

“To us, this report says management have failed and need to go. HOSC need to act. This CQC report is an independent report of what is happening at our local hospital and there is no doubt it makes appalling reading.

“The executive management team should hold their heads in shame, apologies and leave! Then we need to re-assess what has been done in the last two years of single-siting, and get back those services our local people so desperately need.”

The CQC rated ESHT and its hospitals as inadequate in its report on March 27, which was based on an inspection in September 2014.

It held a separate inspection just before the report was published in March, and it is yet to publish the latest report.

When it does, the CQC will reveal whether it is going to put the Trust and its hospitals into special measures.

On April 16, the chairman of HOSC, Cllr Michael Ensor, announced he would hold the urgent meeting into the report, but it could not go ahead until after the election.

But he said at the time, “It is a serious matter. Something must be done.”

The urgent meeting on Friday will be followed by a scheduled meeting on June 16.

The committees role is to ensure the local NHS services are of a good quality.It said it needs to ensure ESHT’s action plan is “robust”.

HOSC is made up of East Sussex County Council members, district and borough council members, and voluntary sector representatives from SpeakUp.

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