Published: 19/09/2002, Volume II2, No. 5823 Page 8

The Commission for Health Improvement has praised the 'strong leadership'at United Bristol Healthcare trust and said staff have worked hard to 'ensure patient and public confidence in the services it provides' following the Kennedy Inquiry.A clinical governance review of the trust has also praised its commitment to quality, staff management and training, but criticised physical conditions.The review says that when accident and emergency is full, patients have to wait for long periods on trolleys in open areas and that facilities are 'not acceptable' in older parts of the trust.'While there is a long-term plan for a new building to replace some of these areas, ' it says, 'a short-term plan is urgently needed.'The trust says it will review its plans in the light of the report.