MPs quiz Basildon Hospital management over CQC report

Mick Ferris

Basildon MPs John Baron and Stephen Metcalfe recently summoned Hannah Coffey, acting chief executive, and Andrew Pike, chief operating officer, for Basildon Hospital to Parliament to discuss the recent CQC report which rated the hospital as inadequate.

Many of the issues raised matched those raised by constituents. The MPs took the opportunity to quiz the hospital management team about the report and to seek assurances that the CQC recommendations are being implemented and patient care will improve.

The MPs said: “We were concerned to read the CQC report published last month which highlighted a number of concerns at Basildon Hospital and the wider trust, and which also reflect issues raised in our constituency mailbags.

“Reports that patients were not being fed or given water, being ignored and not treated with dignity were among the many concerns we have.”

Hannah Coffey, acting chief executive said: “It was very helpful to be able to describe many of the positive changes we’ve made since our initial inspection, including improvements in governance, recruitment/retention and nutrition.

“I hope this has assured our local MPs that we have already made good progress.”

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Mick Ferris

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