St Helier Hospital rated as low risk

October 25, 2013 3:44 PM

A health watchdog has named St Helier hospital as amongst the best in the country, while flagging up Croydon Hospital as 'high risk'.

An independent watchdog, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), rated hospitals on a scale of 1 (worst) to 6 (best). Epsom and St Helier was placed in band 6, while Croydon received a low score of 1, with concerns raised about its performance.

Local MP, and a long-established campaigner to save St Helier hospital, Tom Brake has welcomed the news.

The CQC examined 161 acute trusts across England against 150 indicators, including death rates, serious errors and staff and patient surveys.

Tom Brake commented: "This latest announcement by the CQC is welcome and fantastic, although unsurprising news.""Despite the ever-increasing demand for A&E and maternity services locally, time and again tSt Helier staff have excelled themselves in providing high quality and safe care."The local community deserves nothing less.""This is why I would urge BSBV team to look at the facts and abandon their flawed review."

The review was carried out as part of the CQC's new hospital inspection regime, which will see every Trust examined by 2015. While the report is not a final judgement, the information will be used to prioritise the order in which Trusts will be inspected.

Tom Brake collecting signatures under the petiton to save St Helier hospital.

Tom Brake collecting signatures under the petiton to save St Helier hospital.

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