PERFORMANCE: The Care Quality Commission has lifted a statutory warning notice it placed against Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust with immediate effect.

The CQC issued the warning notice in February, after an inspection found the trust failed to “comply with the relevant regulation in respect of a high number of open clinical incidents and lack of trends analysis”. It also found “poor risk management practices in the haematology infusion unit” and paediatrics”, a “lack trained staff to investigate serious incidents”.

The CQC instructed the trust to become compliant by 13 August 2013.

A follow-up inspection in September found the trust had “addressed all of the failings and were compliant with the regulation”.

According to the regulator’s inspection report, Basildon and Thurrock “had done an impressive amount of work over a short time”, including “the establishment of anew, streamlined, quality, risk and governance structure that better demonstrated accountability, made tracking performance easier and provided the board with assurance”.

Clare Panniker, the trust’s chief executive, said she was “very proud of the way all staff have pulled together to make real improvements to the care we deliver to our patients”.  

“We know we have more to do,” Mrs Panniker added, but she is “confident” that “patients will begin to see a real difference”.