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Whipps Cross Hospital 'improving' two years after special measures

From BBC - September 11, 2017

An east London hospital has begun to show signs of improvement two years after being placed in special measures.

An unannounced inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in May found Whipps Cross hospital, part of the Bart's Health NHS Trust, requires improvement.

The hospital had previously been rated inadequate in July 2016.

Barts Health NHS Trust remains in special measures, as it has been since May 2015.

In its latest inspection the CQC looked at three core services at Whipps Cross: end of life care, outpatients and diagnostics services and surgery.

The first two were rated as "requires improvement" but the CQC still rated surgery as "inadequate".

Alwen Williams, Chief Executive of Barts Health NHS Trust, said: "I am sorry for the serious issues raised by the CQC and we will not shy away from addressing them.

"There is still much to do, and we will focus on getting better, quicker - but today marks a significant milestone in our journey of improvement."

Wound infections

The CQC said it found limited evidence of improvements to the surgical service to make it safer for patients and more responsive to their needs.

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