Special Measures - again! - It is hugely disappointing but, sadly, not surprising that North Lincolnshire and Goole Trust, that runs our local hospital, has got another poor Care Quality Commission Report. This is very bad news for local people. We are back where we were three years ago when the Trust went into special measures the first time. It really isn’t good enough. This is the hospital we all rely on when we need support. And this poor report is the third significant failure in recent weeks. The Trust had to admit it was not confident hospital referrals prior to October had been processed and was then put into special measures on financial grounds.
Every time I visit the hospital I meet amazing staff who are working extremely hard to deliver the best possible care to patients. The Trust is right to say sorry for not providing the right environment for these staff to speak up about their concerns. And the Trust is right to say sorry for letting patients and their families down. But words are not enough. It is crucial that urgent and effective action is taken immediately with support from the wider health community and other partners. It is not acceptable for the Trust to have a temporary leadership structure when it faces such huge challenges. It is absolutely essential that strong leadership is confirmed for the foreseeable future that can drive forward the changes necessary to deliver the high quality of care local people have a right to expect. Anything else is not acceptable.