PERFORMANCE: A West Midlands “Keogh trust” will remain in special measures after receiving a critical inspection report from the Care Quality Commission.  

Burton Hospitals Foundation Trust this week received an overall rating of “requires improvement” from the CQC following an inspection by the care regulator which took place in April and May this year.

The trust was one of 11 providers with high mortality indicators placed into special measures by NHS England medical director Sir Bruce Keogh last summer.

CQC chief inspector of hospitals Sir Mike Richards said this week that while trust staff had spent the past year making improvement it had “some way to go before it reaches the required standard”.  

“That is why I have recommended to Monitor that the trust remains in special measures for a further six months.

“I hope that, in six-months’ time, the trust will be able to demonstrate enough improvement to review this again.”

The trust was rated as “good” with regard to whether services were caring and effective but as requires improvement on whether it was well led, safe and responsive.

At one of the trust’s three key sites, Queen’s Hospital, medical care was rated “inadequate”.

The CQC found that patients in the service were inappropriately moved around the hospital to accommodate new admissions and against clinical advice. This was “often ignored and overruled”.

The regulator criticised the discharge lounge environment, which was inappropriately doubled-up as a medical day care service.

It also found nursing staffing levels on some medical care wards were below their own planned figures.

Burton chair Chris Wood said: “We are disappointed that Sir Mike Richards has recommended we stay in special measures for a further six months.

“The board and I do not believe that the CQC report fully reflects the hard work of our staff, their dedication to providing the best, safe, compassionate care for our patients and the culture of always improving and learning.

“We are still awaiting the response from our regulator, Monitor, as to their view on Sir Mike’s recommendation for our ‘special measures’ status.”