PERFORMANCE: The Care Quality Commission has lifted its concerns about the safety of surgery at Plymouth Hospitals Trust.

The regulator issued the trust with a warning notice in July, the second time in two years inspectors had raised concerns about the trust’s surgical services.

However, after visting in August inspectors found the trust had addressed issues about the scheduling of operations and assessing and managing risk.

Plymouth chief executive Ann James: “I am delighted that the work everyone has done to make real improvements has been recognised. It is really heartening to know that the culture we are trying to create was clearly visible, with staff telling inspectors that they are encouraged to speak up and that teamwork and safety are actively promoted. This is the culture we are working hard to create, the Plymouth Way.”