Morecambe Bay hospital trust is still not meeting its improvement targets, CQC says

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 19 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5716
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, where police have been investigating a series of mother and baby deaths, has managed to meet fully only seven of 40 demands for improvement in emergency services and governance set by the Care Quality Commission in January 2012.

A follow-up inspection by the CQC, carried out last April but just published, has found that 30 of its 40 recommendations have been only partly met and three remain outstanding.1

The crisis hit hospital trust in the north of England has been subjected to a number of reviews. One, conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers and published by the foundation trust regulator Monitor in February 2012, found that “the trust’s governance processes, systems …

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