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Hospital disagrees with “inadequate” rating

Posted in: Medical Negligence 

A hospital has described its recent inspection rating as “unfair”. A healthcare watchdog labeled Colchester Hospital’s medical care and accident and emergency care as “inadequate” following recent inspections. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said that problems at the hospital included low staffing levels, low staff morale, and little respect given to dying patients. 

Inspectors noted that one patient was transferred from resuscitation to an assessment unit without recommended further treatment. As a result of these highlighted failings, inspectors labeled the hospital’s care standards as “inadequate”. The CQC said that the inspections followed concerns raised about the hospital’s care and performance. 

“do not reflect standards”

A spokesperson from Colchester Hospital said that the inspection results were “unfair”. They said that hospitals across the country are coping with extreme pressure on their A&E departments, which is naturally affecting the care they can provide.

Colchester’s chief executive Dr Lucy Moore said: “They do not reflect the standards which we expect to deliver consistently for all our patients, and we have already taken urgent action to address shortfalls.

Dr Lucy Moore continued by saying that the inspectors visited at a particularly busy time, which provided an “unfair” depiction of their care standards. She said that, as a result, they are opening 12 new GP beds, recruiting more nurses and creating an emergency division to improve the flow of patients.

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