The Queen Elizabeth Hospital at King's Lynn.
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MPs Henry Bellingham and Elizabeth Truss are to meet with chiefs from the Care Quality Commission following the latest report regarding the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The King’s Lynn Hospitals Trust is to remain in special measures for another six months after an inspection in July said it still required improvement.

North West Norfolk MP Mr Bellingham said he felt the judgement was a bit harsh when a great deal of hard work had gone into turning the Gayton Road hospital around.

“I was struck by how many things  in the report which were extremely positive. One needs to bear in mind a phenomenal amount of progress has been made. Out of 38 sections, 22 were rated good,” said Mr Bellingham.

He also said he felt the criticism of the leadership at the hospital was harsh and he praised the trust’s interim chief executive, Manjit Obhrai for what he had helped to achieve in a relatively short time.

Mr Bellingham paid tribute to the hospital staff who had gone through a difficult time since last year’s critical CQC inspection, which had led to the hospital being placed in special measures.

“It has been a tough time for the hospital,” said Mr Bellingham, who added further improvement had now been made since the summer inspection.

“We have a hospital which has a bright future,” he added

He said both he and South West Norfolk MP Ms Truss, plan to meet with the CQC to explain how hard staff have been working and that they need some incentive.

“I am disappointed the hospital didn’t come out of special measures but I am sure it will in a few months,” he added.

The inspection report was due to be discussed yesterday by the governing body of the West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group, whose chairman, Dr Ian Mack, said it would be leading a “system resilience group for West Norfolk”, to ensure that sustained improvement continued.

The inspection said accident and emergency, medical care, surgery, maternity and family planning, end of life and outpatients all required further improvement, while critical care and children and young people’s services were both rated good.

Improvements were also needed to determine whether the hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust was safe and responsive and on whether it was well led, the report said.

Mr Obhrai pointed out significant progress had been made in the last nine months.

He said the CQC had seen “many examples of good practice” and was complimentary about staff who delivered compassionate care.

This was echoed by trust chairman, Edward Libbey, who said: “We are committed to working with the CQC to continue to improve our patient experience, ensuring it is safe, responsive and well led.”

Jo Rust, North West Norfolk Labour Party’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, has expressed her “disappointment’ with the CQC report, which she said failed to reflect the “incredible amount of hard work” carried out by staff to raise standards.

Health regulator Monitor has appointed consultants McKinsey and Company.

Experts from this firm will form a contingency planning team to work with the hospital management and the commissioning group on the way forward.

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