A chief executive whose trust received a damning Care Quality Commission inspection report has criticised the regulator for ignoring the “bigger picture”.
The report published on Monday found the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust to be in breach of five essential registration standards.
It identified problems with staffing levels and expertise and with incident reporting systems.
In addition, there were concerns about potential ligature points, a heavily bloodstained carpet, and discarded sanitary products in a shower room.
But the mental health trust’s chief executive Jenny Raine told HSJ that inspectors unfairly implied systemic problems at the trust, which she said provided a good standard of care overall.
Ms Raine said the CQC had used “a fairly rigid application of [its]compliance framework that doesn’t really leave any room for looking at the bigger picture.”
She also accused the CQC of being inconsistent by publicly threatening the trust with enforcement action.
The regulator is able to issues fines, close services and launch prosecutions.
Ms Raine said: “We were rather surprised to see that [the threat of action] at the top of their press release… they had never mentioned that to us - they have always expressed their confidence that we will sort things out.”
However, the foundation trust is not planning to appeal against the verdict.