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Colchester: Monitor secures further commitments from Colchester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust trust to improve

14:02 14 August 2014

Colchester General Hospital.

Colchester General Hospital.

Health bosses have agreed a plan to make improvements to a north Essex hospital’s performance, patient experience, quality and clinical effectiveness.

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Regulator Monitor has announced that it has reached a legally-binding agreement with Colchester University NHS Foundation Trust to make improvements.

It comes after Care Quality Commission inspection rated the trust as “requiring improvement” overall and deemed its leadership as “inadequate”.

The trust has also agreed to develop an improvement board with stakeholders including the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS England and Monitor, to oversee the plan’s progress.

Monitor will also work with the trust to ensure it has stable and effective leadership by scrutinising its organisational and development strategy including board members.

Colchester was placed in special measures last November, following concerns about the care provided to cancer patients.

Since then, the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust has partnered the trust to provide it with tailored support to help fix problems with its cancer services.

Adam Cayley, regional director at Monitor, said: “We want all patients of Colchester to receive quality care, which means all parts of the organisation must operate effectively.

“This action reaffirms our desire for this to happen by ensuring that the trust takes appropriate and swift action to address the concerns around how it is led. It will also reduce the likelihood of these issues happening again.

“We will continue to monitor the trust rigorously, and will not hesitate to take further regulatory action if necessary.”

The announcement comes after the trust confirmed its interim chief executive, Dr Lucy Moore, will remain in her role until next September.

She said: “The last year or so has been a difficult and challenging time for the trust and we are not yet in a position in which we can truthfully say that all the difficulties are behind us.

“We face more challenges in the months ahead but we are moving forward and I am determined that we will regain the trust of our patients and our local communities.”

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