Ipswich: MP praises Ipswich Hospital staff after report finds care standards improved

IPSWICH: An MP has today praised staff at Ipswich Hospital, after a report into care standards at the trust revealed improvements.

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer said it is vital the “hardworking” staff at the trust in Heath Road get the recognition they deserve.

In March Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors found the hospital failing in the care of the elderly, raising concerns about privacy, dignity and nutrition.

But on Thursday a second CQC report, detailing findings at inspectors’ return visit in September found an action plan to tackle the issues implemented by the trust has led to improvements.

Of 11 areas assessed, the hospital failed in one, coordinating the treatmemt of patients with mental health issues with the mental health trust.

Delighted at the turnaround, Mr Gummer said the new report was “great news”.

“What we have got to bear in mind is the original report was critical of one particular, local area,” he said.

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“It was not a problem that was endemic across the hospital but it cast a shadow over all of the amazing work done by thousands of staff who work incredibly hard.

“I hope this report can celebrate that hardwork and we can all recognise the fantastic work.

“In my experience, staff at the hospital have always provided amazing care to my family, it is important they are praised, there is too much hospital bashing in my opinion.”

Director of quality at the trust, Siobhan Jordan, said the improvements were made possible by every member of staff taking ownership of the issue and vowed they would continue to strive to improve.

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