The future of care at Hinchingbrooke Hospital
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have placed Hinchingbrooke Hospital into Special Measures today, after an overall rating of Inadequate following their inspection in September 2014. Earlier in the morning Circle, the company who run the hospital, announced they will be withdrawing from their contract to manage the hospital.
Healthwatch Cambridgeshire was involved in making sure that people’s experiences of care at Hinchingbrooke were fed into the CQC inspection process. The accounts of care that we heard were very mixed with both good and poor care being reported. You can read more about the CQC's findings here.
The Hospital remains open and current services are running as normal, whilst Circle negotiate their withdrawl. Circle have said that they are no longer able to afford to provide services at Hinchingbrooke due to cuts in funding, changes in contracts and a higher than expected demand for services.
Our Chair Ruth Rogers has said that "Patients must be at the core of decisions about the future of Hinchingbrooke Hospital”. The people who use services provided at Hinchingbrooke Hospital remain our focus. It is important that they receive good quality care and are able to have a say on the future of their care at the hospital.
We know that people will be worried but being in Special Measures does bring extra resources into the Hospital, to help sort out the problems. We want to make sure that people’s experiences of care are at the heart of all of the thinking, planning and doing at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. We will be closely monitoring what happens.
We need you to tell us about your care at Hinchingbrooke, to help us monitor the quality of care over the coming months. We need to hear all of your stories, the good and the not so good, so we can properly understand how well care is working within the Hospital. Click here to tell us about your experiences.