SAVE the Alex campaigners have called on health trust chairman Harry Turner to resign in the wake of a damning report which branded the organisation he heads as ‘inadequate’ and which needed to be put in special measures.
Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) highlighted a series of concerns following an official visit to the trust in July.
These included an over reliance on agency staff, in particular temporary doctors, and a lack of consultants in Accident and Emergency.
They also hit out at overcrowding in A&E and found the mortality rate in the trust’s hospitals ‘significantly higher’ than expected.
In addition they raised concerns over the lack of stability in the trust’s leadership with nearly all the board members on interim contracts.
Referring to Mr Turner, STA chairman Neal Stote said: “I can’t see how his position is tenable.
“Since his appointment in 2010 he has overseen a trust which has gone from a break-even position to one that is heading for a £61million loss, a board full of interim directors and a trust recommended for special measures.
“The one thing that comes shining through from the CQC is the quality of the staff, however the organisation he heads, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, is a toxic brand that’s beyond repair.”
Mr Turner said: “I can completely appreciate why some people who may have not read the report in full see the term inadequate against the CQC’s well led rating and question if the board or I should resign.
“In the report the CQC complemented the existing executive team for their work over recent months.
“However, when assessing the well-led rating the CQC raised concerns about the number of interim arrangements, and the need for stability. Before the report was published we had already started the recruitment process for a permanent chief executive.
“As well as areas where we need to continue to improve, the CQC also recognised that the care being delivered was good and in some cases outstanding. I and the board are committed to continuing to improve the services we provide and our job now is not to give up – it is to support our clinical leaders and our staff in making the changes needed so that we consistently deliver high quality care for our local population.”
For more on the CQC’s report, visit http://tinyurl.com/oquxupu