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Mixed fortunes over health care ratings

IT was a mixed picture for Solihull’s health services this week, with the publication of the annual performance ratings.

IT was a mixed picture for Solihull’s health services this week, with the publication of the annual performance ratings.

Heart of England Foundation Trust - which runs Solihull, Heartlands and Good Hope hospitals - was ranked as excellent for financial management, but quality levels dropped from good to fair.

The Care Quality Commission, who published their findings yesterday, found that the trust was had failed to meet its four hour A&E targets and to correctly record data.

Mark Goldman, chief executive, said: “We are very disappointed to have not sustained or improved on our position of last year.

“We are determined to improve and already we are making significant progress on some key areas during this financial year, including our four hour A&E target, which we are so far on target to deliver.

“Our financial performance remains at excellent, the result of much hard work and strong financial management.”

At Solihull NHS Care Trust, the quality of service has also dipped from good to fair (this puts the borough on a par with Coventry, but worse off than south Birmingham).

West Midlands Ambulance Service has improved its financial management, but the quality has slumped from excellent to fair since last year.

One of the region’s highest achievers this year was Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust. The organisation received excellent in both categories - the highest possible score.

Chief executive Sue Turner said: “Today’s results are also a reflection of the continued dedication and professionalism of our staff and their determination to provide high quality care - our staff have a lot to be proud of.”

The Care Quality Commission found that standards had dropped across the Midlands, with only a handful of trusts improving on last year’s results. The health watchdog can rate services as weak, fair, good or excellent. To find out more go to www.cqc.org.uk.

 

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