Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust put in special measures

Poor standards of care in King George Hospital and Queen’s Hospital are putting patients at risk Professor Mike Richards, Care Quality Commission (CQC) Chief Inspector of Hospitals, has said.

A series of reports and inspections into the East London hospitals has also seen Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust flagged as ‘high risk’ by the NHS Trust Development Authority and put into special measures.

Attempts to deal with the problems in the hospitals’ accident and emergency departments in recent years have not had sufficient impact, Professor Richards said.

A CQC report from October said A&Es in the Trust’s two hospitals see an “overreliance on locum doctors”, with patients seeing “long waiting times”.

It also highlighted “delays” when doctors with specialities deal with A&E patients, as well as that transfer checklists were left incomplete when some patients were transferred between hospitals, and nursing notes and discharge plans that were not up to date.

Currently, five other NHS Trusts and eight Foundation Trusts are in special measures.

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