Accident and Emergency patients are being exposed to care that is “inappropriate or unsafe” at a hospital in Kent, according to the health watchdog.
Patient assessment at Medway Maritime Hospital was labelled “flawed” by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), despite changes made after an earlier inspection said the hospital was in “crisis”.
The CQC report said enforcement action had been taken against Medway Maritime Hospital, which is in Gillingham, to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of its service users. This followed the inspection on August 26.
The hospital had been placed in special measures in July 2013 after an inspection noted blood-stained walls, overcrowding and practices that were potentially life-threatening and unsafe.
An action plan was drawn up after the CQC wrote to Medway NHS Foundation Trust in July.
The CQC said in its most recent report that the pace of change remained slow and a lack of leadership within the department was inhibiting the ability to enforce change.
Congestion in the emergency department
It did, however, say that the Trust was in the process of recruiting experienced nurses to lead the workforce in addition to the commissioning of external specialists in emergency medicine to improve standards of safety in the department.
A spokesman said that two new emergency care consultants had been appointed in September and October and a dedicated head of nursing had also been recruited.
He added that three new emergency care matrons would be appointed by December 2.
He also said that efforts were being made to “improve patient flow” and “alleviate congestion in the emergency department”.
Patients who receive inappropriate or unsafe care could potentially claim for medical negligence compensation.
If you have suffered injuries as a result of careless action or lack of appropriate action by doctors, dentists, nurses, surgeons or other trained health professionals can call Accident Advice Helpline for a free no-obligation claim assessment.
You can also fill out our 30-second claim form online for a quick response to your concerns.
Source: BBC News
Date Published: November 27, 2014
Author: David Brown