Andrew Gwynne MP has responded to a new report by the Chief Inspector of Hospitals which has rated Stockport NHS Foundation Trust as ‘Requires Improvement’ following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission in January 2016.
A team of inspectors has found that the trust provided services that were effective, caring and well-led although improvements were needed in the safety and responsiveness of some services.
This is the first comprehensive report on the quality of services provided at the trust, using the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) new way of inspecting. Stepping Hill Hospital was rated as ‘requires improvement’ and the Shire Hill and Devonshire Unit was rated as ‘Requires Improvement’.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“I am very sad that Stepping Hill is in this position, but it comes as no surprise after the loss of a surgical ward and hospital beds, alongside devastating staff cuts.
“The decisions that led to the £40m overspend had nothing to do with the patients and most of the staff, but they are the ones facing the consequences.
“This report made very specific complaints about levels of staffing in A&E, and I fear that this is directly related to staff cuts following the overspend.
“There are some silver linings in this report. The services for children and young people across Stockport were rated in many areas as outstanding.
“I urge the Trust to implement the CQC’s recommendations as a matter of urgency.”