It came to light yesterday that Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust found inadequate and requires ‘urgent improvement’ as inspectors find ‘serious’ problems had been ignored
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Addenbrooke’s Hospital, is to be placed in special measures after inspectors deemed it “inadequate”.
The Care Quality Commission warned of short-staffing across the trust, including in critical care, and highlighted “serious concerns” about maternity services.
Inspectors warned of high levels of nitrous oxide – used for pain relief in childbirth, and known as laughing gas – and said senior managers had been aware of the problem for more than two years, and merely advised staff to open windows.
Last week, the NHS trust – one of the biggest in the country – said it would stop providing ice in water jugs in a bid to reduce its spending.
The CQC also recommended that East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust be placed in special measures after it pointed to a range of issues – including low staffing levels in surgery, maternity and pharmacy services. It takes the total number of trusts on such orders to 15.
13 other NHS trusts in special measures:
Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Medway NHS Foundation Trust
Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
Colchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
Wye Valley NHS Trust
Hinchingbrooke NHS Trust
Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (mental health trust)
Barts Health NHS Trust
West Hertfordshire NHS Trust
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