Monitor questions board effectiveness following poor inspection report at Basildon and Thurrock NHS foundation trust

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) recently rated Basildon and Thurrock NHS foundation trust “Good” for quality of services and “Excellent” on use of resources. But a few weeks after publication of these performance figures, an inspection by CQC inspectors found:

  • blood-splattered equipment;
  • blood stains on floors and curtains and badly soiled mattresses in the A&E department with stains soaked through;
  • equipment being used repeatedly that should only be used once;
  • resuscitation room equipment past its use-by date;
  • blood pressure cuffs stained with blood, suction machines contaminated with fluid inside and out and evidence of mould;
  • inadequate arrangements to treat children, with few specialist paediatric staff;
  • the mortality rate in 2008 for all emergency admissions was 6.1% compared to the national average of 4.4%; and
  • the trust’s own analysis also showed that between 18 and 20 patients per 1,000 had evidence of pressure sores, compared with a national average of 11 per 1,000 patients.

In a statement issued by Monitor, regulator of NHS foundation trusts, Dr Bill Moyes, executive chairman, said “Our concerns about board effectiveness, together with the concerns that the CQC has raised about quality of care, mean that we are placing a requirement on the trust to take action with immediate effect to resolve these issues.”

Patients Association director Katherine Murphy reportedly called for board members of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to step down. She said “The board should most certainly resign – I would say the entire board……..If there was one member of the board who had any concern, they should have been raising that over the past couple of years.”

The Monitor statement can be found here.

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