Local MP Henry Bellingham backs QEH leadership

Henry has said he is 100% behind the top management team at the QEH after the latest CQC report. The report made clear that the hospital should stay in special measures and that insufficient improvements have been made.

Commenting Henry said: “Of course, this latest report is extremely disappointing, and whilst it is undoubtedly a short-term set back, I do believe the key point to remember is that nearly all of the top leadership at the QEH only took up their roles shortly before the last CQC inspection. Indeed, we now have an exceptionally able Chairman, Professor Steve Barnett, and an outstanding Chief Executive in Caroline Shaw. Also, many other very senior positions have been filled in recent months. This means that it really is not fair to judge them on a few months performance, especially when we know that there are a number of key initiatives in place that are already having a beneficial impact.”

“I do not want to in anyway underestimate or downplay the latest CQC report. It is their job as the regulator to leave no stone unturned, and it is their job to flag up risks to patients. It is also understandable that they feel obliged to underline examples of lack of progress where appropriate.”

Henry has said that he is going to be seeking an urgent early meeting with the Chairman and the Chief Executive to discuss these latest findings.

Henry went on to say: “I will make it very clear to the Chairman and Chief Executive that they are incredibly fortunate to have so many exceptionally dedicated staff, who work tirelessly day in day out to do their level best for patients. These staff deserve the highest calibre  management and leadership, and this is exactly what I believe they now have. This hospital has gone through numerous changes in the past, but I do believe they are now better placed than ever to complete their turnaround programme.”