Patients group Healthwatch Essex says it’s disappointed at yet anouther damning report into conditions at Colchester General Hospital.
The Care Quality Commission has again rated it ‘Inadequate’ and extended its period of being under Special Measures.
The Trust that runs Ipswich Hospital is also taking over the running of CGH.
Below is the statement in full from Healthwatch Essex about Colchester General Hospital:
“It s disappointing to see a further critical CQC report about Colchester Hospital.
What makes this report particularly striking is that it highlights recurrent issues at the hospital, and shows the negative impact that these issues are having on patients. Problems with equipment, processes and data have all been shown to be making a difference to the quality of care patients are receiving, and that will obviously be a concern for people in north east Essex.
The statement released by the new Chief Executive highlights a clear recognition of the scale of the problems, and it is at least reassuring that he is under no illusions about the scope of change required.
Healthwatch Essex will continue to work with the Trust, not least building on our research into hospital discharge. What is vital is that all at Colchester Hospital as well as local stakeholders and partners work relentlessly to put patients at the heart of care in Colchester.
People with experiences about Colchester are welcome to share these with Healthwatch Essex. We are an independent voice for the people of Essex, and our Information Service is available to anyone who is seeking information about the NHS or care services, or wishes to share their story. Phone us on 0300 500 1895 or visit www.healthwatchessex.org.uk to share your experiences. ”