17 October 2008

The Healthcare Commission has just published its latest reports on national health trusts, including the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT) which runs the main hospital in Cornwall at Treliske, Truro. In January it reported that the RCHT maternity services were excellent.

Now the Commission has rated RCHT for quality of services to patients (such matters as cleanliness and patient safety) and for the use of resources (the management of finance) for the year 2007/08.

For use of resources it has been rated as Fair, an improvement on the Weak rating of the two previous years 2005/06 and 2006/07. This is welcome news given concerns about the trust’s finances.

However, for quality of services RCHT was rated as Weak, the lowest rating, as it was in the two previous years. What can I say? This is very depressing though the hospital is responding with an improvement plan. No, I do not have the heart to say anything more but invite you read the Commission’s report for yourself here. Hinc illae lacrimae.

This is my previous post on the Healthcare Commission’s assessment of Cornwall NHS trusts.

And here is my post on the review dated 25 February 2009 (added to this post 21 March 2009).

Hinc illae lacrimae (Thus these tears): Terentius Andria, line 126