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Trust vows to bounce back

PUBLISHED: 14:41 28 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:55 05 July 2010

A healthcare trust which vowed to bounce back after being judged "weak" by the Healthcare Commission claims it has already reversed its standards in eight of the 10 core areas in which it failed.

A healthcare trust which vowed to bounce back after being judged “weak” by the Healthcare Commission claims it has already reversed its standards in eight of the 10 core areas in which it failed.

And NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney believes that if it were assessed today, it would achieve at least a “fair” rating in both its previously failing areas, quality of services and management of finances.

Yesterday it was announced at a board meeting of the body, formerly known as the primary care trust, that good progress had been made.

Chief executive Mike Stonard said: “We failed on 10 core areas. We have rectified eight of them and there are two that will be rectified by the year end. One requires building work and the other is an audit of work that has been done. They will take a little longer but they will be compliant by the end of the year.”

He announced that to remedy this, a new, bigger lift with good wheelchair access will be installed at the Patrick Stead hospital in Halesworth, and that new toilets with disabled access will be built at the Regent Road clinic in Yarmouth.

And as well as undertaking a required internal audit, he said the trust was planning to “double check” its findings with an external assessment early in the new year to check that it was on track to meet its targets.

The trust blamed the poor ratings on “administrative failings” following the publication of the Commission's findings in October. It said it did not mean that patients were given a bad service and announced an ambitious plan to leap a status to achieve two “good” ratings at the next Healthcare Commission annual healthcheck, which will be carried out in October 2009.

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