Health watchdog lifts health warning

There was welcome news for staff at the James Paget Hospital this week as the Care Quality Commission formally lifted its warning status on the hospital, following a series of critical reports last autumn. During the commission’s latest visit, inspectors found that most of the problems identified last year were resolved. However, the health watchdog did raise concern about the handling of medicines.

Throughout recent months, I have remained a critical friend of the hospital, maintaining the line that although the majority of the services offered were fantastic the management team, needed to get a real grip on the problems identified by the CQC. Failure to do so would let down hardworking and dedicated staff, as well as patients and their families. I am delighted that progress has been made and I am now looking forward to helping support the James Paget as it looks to new challenges in providing first-class health care to local people.

This news represents the clearing of a dark cloud over the hospital, I was always confident that the hospital was going to be able to resolve these issues, and I am delighted that the warning status has been lifted. This news will come as a relief to all the staff. Work still needs to be done and I am hopeful that the new management, once appointed, will make a difference. It is now time for the JPH to look forward to a brighter future.

Further links:
James Paget Hospital Press Release
Eastern Daily Press Report

25th January 2012