PERFORMANCE: The Care Quality Commission has recognised progress in Milton Keynes Hospital’s midwifery services, but said the trust fails to meet essential standards in other areas

The CQC said Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has now made the required improvements to its maternity services and has lifted conditions on its registration.

Last year the regulator lifted nine conditions which had been placed on the trust’s licence, following improvements. After further assessment, the three remaining conditions have also now been lifted.  

However, although maternity services have improved, the CQC raised concerns around the trust’s performance in other areas.

CQC inspectors visited six wards at the trust in January and found that in Ward 20 - for female gastrointestinal medicine and surgery - in particular the hospital was not meeting essential standards. It found problems in “respecting and involving service users”, “cleeanliness and infection control” and patient records.

Roxy Boyce, regional director for the CQC in the South East, said: “It is clear that Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has made considerable progress to address the issues that we had raised in the past with the maternity services. 

“However, we were disappointed that the trust was not meeting all essential standards of quality and safety. These are the standards of care anyone should be able to expect in any hospital. We will return to the trust in the near future to ensure that improvements have been made.”