Health campaigners in the region reacted with concern after the revelation that Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust (HEY) which runs Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospitals have been placed in category two regarding concerns that the Health Watchdog the Quality Care Commission have about how HEY Hospitals are run.
The categories rate concerns regarding death rates, serious errors and include feedback from patients. Category one is the most serious and category six includes hospitals with the least worries for the inspectors.
Theresa Vaughan is the Secretary of Save Our NHS Hull and East Yorkshire. “Despite the hard work and dedication of the fantastic staff at HEY Hospitals, who always go the extras mile, it appears that the hospitals in our area at at high risk of providing poor care. We urgently call on Chief Executive Phil Morley to explain to the community how this happened, and more importantly what he is going to do to put it right. We call on our local MPs and both Local Authorities to put pressure on the Department of Health to conduct an urgent risk assessment into safety for staff and patients in our hospitals as the first step in restoring confidence in local medical services”.
Campaign Chair Lyn Longbottom said, “David Cameron should be ashamed that he’s put our hospitals in this position. He siphoned £3bn out of the NHS front-line to blow on a back-office re-organisation nobody voted for. Hospitals were left on a financial knife-edge and they are clearly struggling to maintain standards of patient care after more than three years of chaos.“