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Persistent lapses at Cornwall hospital trust lead to special measures

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4622 (Published 05 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4622
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust should be placed in special measures, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has said.1

The health watchdog rated the trust overall as inadequate for being safe, responsive, and well led, although it is rated as good for caring.

The Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske was rated inadequate overall, with surgery, maternity and gynaecology, end of life, and outpatient services also rated as inadequate. Critical care and children and young people’s services were rated as good. Services provided at St Michael’s Hospital in Haylee and West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance were rated good, with the Penrice Birthing Centre at St Austell requiring improvement.

At the time of the latest inspection in July 2017 the trust was asked to make a number of immediate …

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