Hospital trust ‘anticipated to be placed into special measures’

A hospital trust is expected to be placed into special measures after it emerged that more than 100 cases of alleged poor care are to be reviewed.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said last month that it was taking action at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust following inspections at its maternity and emergency departments.

While its inspection report is still awaiting publication, the CQC said on Thursday that it was “anticipated” it would be placed into special measures.

Its chief inspector of hospitals, Professor Ted Baker, said: “Our inspection report on Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospital NHS Trust is currently with the trust for factual accuracy checks and we will be publishing it as soon as this process has been completed.

“Today I wrote to the chief executive of NHS Improvement to say that I anticipated that I would be making a formal recommendation of special measures upon publication of the report.

“I believe there is sufficient evidence that the trust will not be able to make all the necessary improvements in the quality of their services without external support and I asked NHS Improvement to put in place all necessary support without delay.”

The CQC previously said unannounced inspections of some services at the Princess Royal Hospital and Royal Shrewsbury Hospitals had led to concerns about its reduced foetal movements guidelines at its maternity services.

Such guidelines direct clinicians on how to care for pregnant women whose babies have reduced their movements, which is sometimes a sign that a baby is unwell.

Inspectors also raised concerns about the trust’s urgent and emergency care, particularly with regard to the treatment and recognition of sepsis – a potentially life-threatening complication of infection.

Conditions placed on the trust include weekly reporting on the action it is taking “to ensure the system in place for clinical management of patients using midwifery services at The Princess Royal and Royal Shrewsbury Hospitals is effective”, the CQC previously said in a statement.

A similar requirement has also been placed upon its urgent and emergency care services.

Senior midwife Donna Ockenden was appointed last year to review 23 cases of alleged poor maternity care at the trust.

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