Suffolk MP speaks out over James Paget University Hospital

PUBLISHED: 17:20 27 October 2011

General view of the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston. Picture: James Bass

General view of the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston. Picture: James Bass

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2010

GPs have “lost confidence” in the leadership of the James Paget University Hospital, according to an MP who has called for resignations amid fears it is heading towards a failed third inspection.

Three Norfolk and Suffolk MPs raised the issue of failing standards of care at the Gorleston hospital - which serves the people of Waveney - in a parliamentary debate on NHS care of older people this afternoon.

Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey used the debate to call for a shake-up of management at the under-fire hospital, and read from a “whistleblowing” letter she had been sent by GPs in Great Yarmouth and Waveney, in which they pleaded for intervention before “we have another Mid Staffs on our hands”.

In her speech in Westminster Hall, Dr Coffey compared the reactions of Ipswich Hospital and the James Paget after each received an initial critical report earlier this year by the Care Quality Commission as part of its dignity and nutrition for older people inspection programme.

She said the leadership of Ipswich Hospital had recognised and accepted its failings, addressed the shortfall in training, local leadership and is anticipated to pass its second inspection.

In contrast, James Paget failed a second inspection and has been subject to a third CQC inspection.

Dr Coffey said: “The third inspection has taken place. The outcome of that inspection isn’t yet formally known. The hospital has yet to receive the draft report but I have not heard positive noises so far.”

She added: “In particular, I do think that the chairman of the hospital trust should be considering his position.

“I appreciate that the financial risk of the hospital is low which may reflect good financial governance but the key is patient care.

“So while, the chairman has provided useful leadership, with two failed inspections on care and the possibility of a third, “I think it is time he steps aside and allows new leadership to come forward.“

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