Editor’s comment: Hospital now heading in the right direction

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 May 2017


Our NHS is under immense pressure.

And there is no simple reason as to why. Inadequate funding, an ageing population, missed targets, the squeeze on councils’ social care budgets or simply more people attending all have a contributory factor.

Never before has our cherished healthcare system felt the strain as much as it does today.

Headlines in national and local press often centre around the negative experiences of patients, missed A&E waiting time targets or a poor inspection.

But every single day tens of thousands of NHS staff around the country are doing fantastic and often life-saving work.

That’s why it’s important that we do acknowledge good practice and chart and document the progress made by our hospitals and NHS trusts.

Though not perfect, Newham University Hospital appears to be turning a corner.

Rated “inadequate” by the Care Quality Commission two years ago, a more recent inspection graded the hospital as “requires improvement”.

Now I’m not running away with myself here because it still has a way to go before the hospital is given a clean bill of health but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

Picking through the report there are many areas rated “good” and a focus on the organisational culture and morale of staff is having an impact.

I’m hopeful the damning verdict of Newham University Hospital two years ago acts as an ongoing catalyst for change and that this hospital and the services it delivers go from strength to strength.

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