Margot comments on latest CQC report into Dudley NHS Trust and Russells Hall Hospital

Margot comments on latest CQC report into Dudley NHS Trust and Russells Hall Hospital

Margot James has commented on the recent CQC report where the Dudley Group NHS Trust Foundation were rated as ‘requires improvement’.

Margot said: “Whilst there are clear issues on which improvement is vital, such as urgent and emergency services, I support completely what Diane Wake has said about her hard working staff.

“It was an incredibly difficult winter, and the hospital was inspected at the height of it. I visited the A&E at Russells Hall last year and it was obvious to me how committed and passionate the staff are about patient care.

“Indeed, that was reflected in the report which rated the care at Russells Hall to be good. It’s often one of the first things people tell me about the hospital.

“It has been brought to my attention that the senior leadership of the trust has seen significant changes recently. I discussed these changes with the local CCG, and I was satisfied that the changes were reasonable. I also know that the hospital has suffered with a shortage of staff and consequently, and over-reliance on agency workers. I am pleased that plans are in place to combat this and that Russells Hall has seen an improvement in recruitment and retention.

“Like everyone, I want to see significant progress in our local health service to meet the world-class standards of this country’s leading hospitals. Having spoken to the local CCG today, I will be seeking a meeting with Diane Wake at the earliest opportunity.”