As The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust continues to make improvements following the very disappointing CQC report last year the new Chief Executive Sir David Dalton has announced a further £20.5 million is to be invested in frontline services from 2017-8. In addition to this £10 million will be spent on capital expenditure to improve North Manchester and Royal Oldham Hospitals.
The additional revenue resources will be used to recruit 35 more doctors and more than 300 more nursing and midwifery staff. There will be more money for IT, staff training and development. Plus more money for medical and clinical equipment. This together with revised governance and management arrangements will I hope mean that we can look forward to a much improved position the next time the CQC report on the Trust
The report from the Care and Quality Commission into the standards of healthcare provided by Pennine Acute NHS Trust is published today. As expected it makes grim and disappointing reading.Overall Fairfield is rated as requiring improvement and where it not for the steps already taken by the Trust to improve matters the whole of Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust would be placed in special measures.
It is easy to be critical after a report like this and undoubtedly there must be some individuals who have been lacking to allow things to get in to this state. However we must not lose sight of the fact that the are thousands of dedicated and hardworking staff who provide us all with the healthcare we depend on.
It is also worth noting that the CQC is doing its job. I do hear many criticisms of this body but on this occasion they have highlighted failings which need to be remedied. It is also go the credit of the Trust that action has been taken so promptly in light of the CQC’s findings even before the report has been made public.