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Watchdog slams our hospitals

THE health trust in charge of Solihull Hospital is in ‘significant breach’ of standards for failing to hit A&E targets, a health watchdog has warned

THE health trust in charge of Solihull Hospital is in ‘significant breach’ of standards for failing to hit A&E targets, a health watchdog has warned

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Solihull, Heartlands and Good Hope hospitals, was put on a red warning by regulator Monitor for failing to meet targets on A&E waiting times over the past three years.

Monitor has now ordered the trust to send its waiting time figures every month - warning that a failure to improve could lead to trust board members being axed.

There are also concerns that Solihull patients are four times as likely to be left waiting in an ambulance for more than an hour, upon arrival at hospital.

Solihull MP Lorely Burt said: “The people of Solihull and south east Birmingham deserve the best quality of health care and it has become apparent that the foundation trust is having serious problems delivering it .

“The reports that Solihull Hospital is leaving patients outside the hospital for more than an hour are also extremely worrying.”

Mrs Burt has also written to Secretary of State Andy Burnham, asking that he looks into the situation.

Meriden MP Caroline Spelman said she was worried that, with changes to maternity services, more Solihull patients would be using Heartlands, which didn’t seem “up to scratch”.

In a statement, Heart of England said it would work with Monitor to review systems and improve waiting times at all three sites.

And in response to the patients kept waiting outside in the ambulance, hospital director Lisa Dunn said: “Solihull Hospital receives on average 20 ambulances per day.

“The majority of these are turned around within 30 minutes.”

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