Hertfordshire NHS chiefs blast report which links Welwyn Garden City’s QE2 with hospitals with ‘concerns’ over care quality

PUBLISHED: 11:00 22 October 2011

QE2 Hospital, WGC

QE2 Hospital, WGC


A REPORT which bracketed the QE2 Hospital in WGC with others where there is “concern” over 
the dignity and nutrition of elderly patients has been blasted by NHS chiefs.

The national report featured the findings of an inspection of the QE2, as reported in the WHT in June.

But Peter Gibson, associate director for public affairs at East and North Herts NHS Trust, said the Care Quality Commission (CQC) report released last week showed nothing new.

And Mr Gibson said the framing of the report had annoyed QE2 bosses, as it lists the hospital, which passed the inspection with flying colours, in with others which were listed as being of “minor concern”.

He told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “I’m a bit annoyed with the CQC because they’ve lumped in hospitals with ‘no concerns’ with those with ‘minor concerns’.”

While the QE2 was given a glowing review, other hospitals in the nationwide survey came in for scathing criticism.

Elsewhere, the damning report shows how one in five hospitals is breaking the law, in its level of neglect of the elderly.

Commenting on the report, Dame Jo Williams, chairman of the CQC, said: “The fact that over half of hospitals were falling short to some degree in the basic care they provided to elderly people is truly alarming, and deeply disappointing.”

She added: “This report must result in action.

“CQC will play its part by holding hospitals to account for poor care when we find it – our survey of trusts suggests many are already responding.

“But the system as a whole – those who are responsible for making sure care meets essential standards, and those who commission that care – must respond if we are not to find ourselves here, yet again, a few years down the line.”

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