Sir Mike Penning MP for Hemel Hempstead has responded to the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) latest report on West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust.
In their letter to Sir Penning MP, the CQC announced that they had found “A number of improvements were needed, particularly at St Albans City Hospital. As a result, the trust is rated as ‘Requires Improvement.’”
This is unchanged from the previous inspection in 2017.
The CQC stated: “The trust is rated ‘Requires Improvement’ for whether its services are safe, effective, responsive and well-led, following this inspection. It is rated ‘Good’ for whether its services are caring.”
Sir Penning MP said: “This is very disappointing. Yet again, the hardworking frontline staff have been let down by management.
“Out of the five criteria the trust is rated on, it get a ‘Requires Improvement’ on four of them.
“Of the three sites – Hemel Hempstead, St Albans and Watford – Hemel and Watford are rated ‘Requires Improvement’ and St Albans is ‘Inadequate’. Not impressive, whichever way you look at it.”
He concluded: “Quite simply, local people deserve better than this. This is a shocking report from the CQC, but sadly not surprising. The management of our local NHS is failing at every level.”