Another NHS Trust has been put into special measures after a damning assessment of Whipps Cross Hospital.

During routine investigations, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) identified a number of serious concerns at Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone.

These have been detailed in a report and include:

  • Insufficient staffing levels to provide safe care
  • High use of agency staff and low staff morale
  • A persisting culture of bullying and harassment
  • Bed occupancy that is too high
  • A failure to meet national waiting time targets

Consequently Barts Health NHS Trust, which runs Whipps Cross hospital, has been put into special measures. The Trust will now receive external help to raise its standards.

Barts Health NHS Trust

As the largest NHS Trust in England, Barts Health NHS Trust is responsible for the following six hospitals across east London:

  • St Bartholomew’s Hospital in the City
  • The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel
  • The London Chest Hospital in Bethnal Green
  • Newham University Hospital in Plaistow
  • Mile End Hospital
  • Whipps Cross Hospital.

Trust chief executive Peter Morris said: “We are very sorry for the failings identified by the CQC in some of our services at Whipps Cross and we know the Trust has a big challenge ahead.”

“Much has been done but we recognise that more needs to be done. We will take all the necessary steps to raise quality standards at Whipps Cross.”

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