CQC inspectors swoop on Dewsbury Hospital

CQC inspectors swoop on Dewsbury Hospital

INSPECTORS swept into Dewsbury District Hospital this week for a three-day review of services.

A team of 60 officials from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) came to look at areas including A&E and maternity.

On Monday the CQC held a meeting in Wakefield at which the public could give their views.

Dewsbury’s A&E and maternity units are among those hit by a Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust-wide reorganisation.

Campaigners from the Save Our Local Hospital Services (SOLHS) this week collected about 200 messages of support for staff.

Wendy Senior, of SOLHS, said: “It’s an uncertain time for staff. We want to show our support for the work they do.

“They do not know where they will be and how their jobs may change in the next few months.”

Heart-shaped thank-you cards were hung inside the Ridings building main entrance and around the signs facing Halifax Road.

One read: “Thank you. I had life-saving surgery at Dewsbury Hospital. Intensive care was superb.”

Meanwhile, a revamped CQC is promising to be tougher than before under new chief inspector of hospitals Professor Sir Mike Richards.

Part of the work will look at how plans for community care are taking shape ahead of the reorganisation.

A report, which will see Mid Yorkshire rated either ‘outstanding’, ‘good’, ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’, is due out later this year.

Mrs Senior added: “Care Closer to Home, as promised in the consultation on reconfiguration, seems no nearer to home than a GP surgery.

“And doctors are already experiencing longer queues and are restricting access.”

Stephen Eames, chief executive at Mid Yorkshire, said: “We all welcome the fact that the new-style inspection will be more thorough.

“It gives us and the community we serve an independent endorsement of the approach we are taking.

“We can showcase what’s good about the care we provide, while being open and honest about the challenges we face.”

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