Spotlight on: George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

19 July 2013

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Spotlight on: George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

The Health Secretary has revealed that 11 hospital trusts listed in a shocking report of care failures have been placed under "special measures".

After the publication of Professor Sir Bruce Keogh's review into 14 trusts, Jeremy Hunt reiterated that all of the trusts have been ordered to act on recommendations made by health officials. In this article looks at the underlying faults at one of the trusts highlighted in the report: George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust.

 This trust was typified by criticisms regarding its out of hours care and for its poor track record on bed sores. The Keogh report focused on an alarming low level of cover for clinical professionals, particularly out of hours. At the same time within wards, there was a high rate of bed moves for patients and there were also unacceptable delays for patients when trying to speak with consultants regarding the status of their condition or for health updates. The report found that one patient had not seen a consultant for 10 days, another for eight. The investigators found that in 2012 just 15.5 hours were spent by each qualified nurse per month directly benefiting patients, compared with the average of 85.6 nationally.

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