Management of QA Hospital’s A&E department deemed as inadequate by CQC report

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THE leadership of Queen Alexandra Hospital’s emergency department was rated as ‘inadequate’.

It comes as the Care Quality Commission (CQC)publishes a report into the hospital’s emergency care provision.

Within the report, the leadership, management and governance of the organisation was deemed to be ‘inadequate’ - the lowest rating the CQC can give.

The report, published today, has been released less than a fortnight after chief executive of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust Ursula Ward resigned from her role.

She stepped down after 12 years in the position.

Within the report it said: ‘The trust had been slow to improve services following a comprehensive inspection and risks summit.

‘Senior medical leadership in the department had tried unsuccessfully for some considerable time to engage productively with the executive team to produce effective and necessary change.

‘Staff were unconvinced that planned changes would lead to improvements in the flow of patients through the department. They were tired and frustrated at a perceived lack of improvement with the business and the overcrowding in A&E.’