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Hospital taken out of special measures.

Byline: Cara Simpson Health reporter

GEORGE Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton has officially been removed from special measures.

The news was formally announced by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP in the House of Commons yesterday.

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.

Four other hospital trusts have also been taken out of the special measures category.

For George Eliot, there were specific concerns around low levels of clinical cover, particularly out of hours, and multiple bed moves during a patient's stay.

In a statement to the Telegraph, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP said: "A year ago, George Eliot had worryingly low levels of cover for clinical staff, especially out of hours.

"On a number of wards, patients often had to change beds several times during a stay. But it has made excellent progress.

"Thirty one more doctors and 52 extra nurses have been hired since July 2013 to help solve these problems, all of which has led to the recommendation that George Eliot comes out of special measures.

"This success is a tremendous tribute to the work of brilliant staff who are dedicated to the principles that underpin our NHS."

The Care Quality Commission (CQC), which recommended George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust should be released from special measures, has also awarded the hospital an overall rating of 'good.'.

In new reports published yesterday the CQC rates leadership in end-oflife care outstanding. However, it said Accident & Emergency and surgery still require further improvement.

Chief executive Kevin McGee said: "We are obviously delighted that all the hard work and dedication of staff over the past year in implementing a number of key changes has resulted in such a good outcome.

"We are however very mindful of the need to continue to review these changes and to build on the progress made in order to achieve even better patient care for the future. We recognise that this is a continuous journey and every member of the George Eliot staff is committed to ensure we deliver excellent patient care. We are excited about the future and are continuing our work to improve patient care."

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 17, 2014
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