Maternity services slated in new reports
PUBLISHED: 09:27 25 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:15 26 October 2009
MATERNITY services at our hospitals have been knocked in a new report published today. But the East and North Herts NHS Trust said the Healthcare Commission had compiled its figures using inaccurate data. Maternity services at the QE2 and Lister hospitals
MATERNITY services at our hospitals have been knocked in a new report published today.
But the East and North Herts NHS Trust said the Healthcare Commission had compiled its figures using inaccurate data.
Maternity services at the QE2 and Lister hospitals have been rated as 'least well performing' - not the expected 'fair'.
A trust spokesman said it only became clear that the wrong data had been submitted in December, when the draft report was received.
Despite formal submissions from the trust, it was not allowed to resubmit the correct statistics.
Chief executive Nick Carver said: "While we accept that we got it wrong when we sent through the original data on our maternity services, it is disappointing that inaccurate data has been published.
"Our local community, especially pregnant mothers and their families, will not be able to see that from what the commission says about our services.
"The commission's assessment of us is at complete odds with the findings of last week's inspection that we underwent from the NHS Litigation Authority.
"In looking at how we manage clinical risk for patients, including in maternity services, our rating was improved from level one to level two.
"That's just one off the top score available to any NHS trust anywhere in the country.
Mr Carver apologised to workers and patients for the poor rating.
He said: "At both the Lister and QE2 we have two good maternity units and I am sorry for the staff working on them that today they will be branded as providing a poor performing service, when we have evidence that this is not the case.
"Equally I'm sorry for any concern caused to women locally due to come in to either maternity unit to have their babies.
"I would like to reassure them that they and their babies will receive good quality care while at the trust.