Ultimatum for RLI’s bosses

TWO NHS watchdogs have expressed concern over the safety of services at the Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.

The trust, which runs the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, is now under investigation from regulators the Care Quality Commission and Monitor.

The Care Quality Commission” has told the trust to improve within two months or close down.

This follows an inquest which ruled that nine-day-old Joshua Titcombe died at the trust’s Furness General Hospital in Barrow in October 2008 of natural causes, but found that midwives had repeatedly missed opportunities to spot and treat a serious infection.

Monitor said there were very important issues that needed to be be resolved. Cumbria Police are investigating Joshua’s death, as well as those of other babies at the hospital, although it is not clear how many deaths they are looking at.

In June, the Care Quality Commission published a report on the RLI saying it was failing to meet standards in quality of food and drink to meet patients’ dietary needs, staff numbers and complaint handling.

The trust says it has already addressed most of the concerns.

Jackie Holt, director of nursing and modernisation, said: “There is significant evidence in this report that shows we have made vast improvements since the publicised case in 2008 and we are pleased that these have been recognised by the CQC.”

The Lancaster Guardian (15-09-11) for full story.