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'Brilliant' hospital workers praised.

Byline: Cara Simpson Health reporter cara.simpson@coventrytelegraph.net

STAFF have been praised for the improvements which led to Nuneaton's George Eliot Hospital being removed from special measures.

It was formally announced on Wednesday that the College Street hospital had been freed from the special measures category after a year.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP said the move was "a tremendous tribute to the work of brilliant sta". And these sentiments have been echoed by former Labour Health Minister and local MP Mike O'Brien.

However, he remains concerned about the trust's nancial position, adding: "e hospital had unexpectedly developed problems in 2011-12 and the Keogh Report recommended it went into special measures.

"It is a tribute to the sta that the problems have been suciently addressed for it to be allowed out of special measures.

"But there is no room for complacency because the hospital has had to employ more sta and now has a PS12m decit. It's unclear how they will square the nancial circle.

"ey need the extra sta, but it's created a big overdraft.

"e government will need to nd the money to deal with this from within the wider NHS budget."

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust was one of 11 hospital trusts across the country to be placed in special measures in July last year for "fundamental breaches of care" following a national review into higher than expected death rates.

In a report published on Wednesday, the Care Quality Commission rated the hospital 'good' overall, although A&E and surgery are both rated as 'requires improvement.'.

Dawn Downes, George Eliot Hospital Unison branch secretary, says sta are aware continued improvements are needed.

She said: "e level of improvement that has been made through collaborative working with the Trust, Unison, the other unions and the local population has been inspiring.

"We are very proud of our members and the whole George Eliot team.

"We are aware that this is not the end, and we must strive to maintain our eorts and seek continuous improvement. "It's all about keeping up the momentum, mak-mak ing improvements and delivering a safe quality service for all who work, use and visit George Eliot and Unison and our members are determined to make George Eliot an outstanding hospital."

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