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Top councillor seeks assurances over Basildon hospital

THURROCK’S top councillor for health is ensuring that Basildon Hospital provide assurances that local people will be properly care for there.

Cllr Barbara Rice – the council’s portfolio holder for Adult Social Care and Health in her role as chair of the Shadow Health and Wellbeing board – heard details of the most recent concerns about the hospital at the board’s meeting on Friday (23 November).

Afterwards she said she wanted assurances provided for Thurrock residents over the most recent concerns about Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust (BTUH).

She said that since 2009, the health and social care regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), has raised a series of concerns about the hospital and the trust not meeting proper care standards or parts of those care standards.

Over the years, improvement action has been taken and the majority of concerns successfully dealt with, but on 3 November a CQC inspection – prompted by incidents relating to a death of a child and a potential near-miss by drug error – took place

It found a number of serious concerns prompting CQC to insist the hospital must carry out independently-led investigation into its paediatric services.

CQC and the South Essex Primary Care Trust (PCT) were at the meeting and outlined their latest demands of the hospital trust including BTUH to commission an independent review to report back to CQC and PCT before 13 January.

Cllr Rice said: “The regulator and the PCT have quite rightly demanded action, but I want more than that. We know that, since 2009, the Basildon Hospital Trust has been constantly in the headlines for the wrong reasons.

“It seems they have problems with the regulator sort it out, but then another set of problems engulfs them.

“I know it’s not easy running a big hospital, but the many concerns raised over the past three or more years do nothing to inspire confidence and I want Thurrock people to be able to feel confident in their main health provider.

“We have invited the hospital trust to our next meeting. I not only want them to tell us they have answered the latest concerns and put measures in place to stop it happening again, but I want them to assure me and the people of Thurrock that all their systems are robust enough to support excellent care for our residents.

“I want to be in no doubt that Basildon Hospital will provide the best possible care to each and every one of their patients and I want the people I represent to feel the same way.”

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