Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

News MPs Respond after Trust Slammed over Critical Patient Care

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

News MPs Respond after Trust Slammed over Critical Patient Care

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Byline: JAMES CAIN Local democracy reporter @JIMMYMCAIN

MIDDLESBROUGH'S MPs have given their reaction after major hospitals were given the worst possible rating after "harm occurred" to critical patients because beds weren't available. While Simon Clarke, the Conservative MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, has vowed to "do anything I can to help tackle obstacles that make life harder for our local NHS", Andy McDonald, Labour MP for Middlesbrough has blamed the Government for underfunding the health service.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC), which regulates and inspects health and social care services in England, handed South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trusts the worst possible rating - inadequate - for the critical care provided at the hospitals.

MPs Simon and, below, McDonald Critical care, also known as intensive care, is for patients whose conditions are life-threatening and require constant monitoring, often in specialist units.

In its damning report, the CQC said inspectors had identified several concerns with infection control, pressure care management and "capacity challenges".

As a result, the report said "harm had occurred to patients from three serious incidents because critical care beds were not available".

Responding to the report, Andy McDonald, said: "The latest inspection by the Care Quality Commission has raised a number of actions required by the trust in order to secure the improvements that are needed.

"The trust tell us that a number of actions have already been achieved since the inspection earlier this year.

"While it is paramount that the trust takes on board all the findings including the comments on leadership, it is also important to recognise the fact that inspectors reported good practice and positive feedback from staff. …

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