The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published findings of an inspection of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT).
Jerry Hawker, Chief Officer for NHS Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:
“Overall the Trust was rated as requires improvement. Whilst the CQC found many examples of good practice, it also highlighted areas that need to improve, including services and care provided in the emergency departments and the Trust’s effective use of resources.
“Some of the issues raised by the CQC highlight the considerable challenges faced by an NHS which makes available community services, emergency and planned care, mental health services and health and well-being campaigns across both sparsely populated rural, and busy urban areas. Delivering this range of services across a unique, large and varied region is costly when compared with the cost of doing this in smaller more uniform areas. The Bay Health and Care Partnership, a collaboration between the hospital, the CCG, General Practice and other health and care partners, will continue to be crucial in shaping health and social care services for the long-term benefit of patients in the area.
“One task of the NHS in Morecambe Bay is to make the best use of every pound spent and give everyone equal access to high quality healthcare. The CCG will continue to help UHMBT meet its requirements of ensuring the provision of high-quality care. We will work closely with the Trust to monitor progress against the required actions and ensure the necessary improvements are made and sustained.
“We welcome views about all of the services we commission and encourage people to provide feedback on their experiences as we collectively work together for the people of Morecambe Bay.”
The CQC's full report can be seen by visiting the CQC website