Thursday, December 7, 2023

Fresh concerns as Inspectors back in at Basildon Hospital

THE GOVERNMENT HEALTH INSPECTORS, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have made another visit to Basildon and Thurrock hospital.

The Care Quality Commission issued a formal warning to the under-fire hospital in July, saying it must make improvements to standards of care or face further action.

The warning follows unannounced visits by inspectors on 19, 20, 21 June and 10 July.

A spokesperson for CQC said: “CQC carried out an inspection at the trust on Saturday 3 November 2012 .

“A report of our inspectors’ full findings will be published in due course.

“We are also liaising with our partner agencies with regard to the trust and will take any appropriate action where this is deemed necessary.”

YT sent a request for a statement to the hospital but we have not received a reply.

In previous visits, CQC reported that:

1. During the visits inspectors found improvements were needed in relation to assessing and monitoring the quality of service provision.

2. Inspectors looked at care records for children and adults, observed how people were being cared for and spoke with staff and patients.

3. Systems in place to analyse and learn from incidents that resulted in or had the potential to result in harm to people using the service, were found to be ineffective.

4. A 15 minute waiting time limit for triaging child patients’ cases had been breached in all four of the cases inspectors looked at.

5. Records showed the trust was failing to identify, assess and manage risks relating to the health, welfare and safety of patients at the hospital.

6. There was no effective system in place to allow the trust to regularly assess and monitor the quality of the services it provided in relation to its acute services and so that staff would always recognise when a patient’s condition was deteriorating.


  1. Fresh concerns? Surely this is a planned visit to check that the hospital has put right the problems found in June and July? I would only be concerned anew if the problems hadn’t been rectified.


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