Bradford Royal Infirmary chiefs cheered by NHS watchdog all-clear

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Bosses at Bradford Royal Infirmary have welcomed news that an official probe into its services has ended, but a private health care company which stopped using the hospital has yet to change its mind.

Monitor was looking into whether staffing problems, highlighted by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), were symptomatic of wider issues at BRI.

Yesterday the Telegraph & Argus reported how the investigation, which started in January, had been closed after Monitor said patients were benefiting from an increase in staffing, particularly in Accident & Emergency.

Monitor, which is a regulator for health services in England, cited the recruitment of 135 nurses and four A&E consultants by the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Trust chief executive Bryan Millar said: “We are very pleased that Monitor has closed its investigation and expressed confidence in the actions we have already taken and the plans we have in place.

“It is reassuring that Monitor believes we have demonstrated considerable progress in recruiting additional staff and continue to provide high quality care to the local community.”

The inspection followed a critical report by CQC inspectors which said the hospital was failing in four out of six areas looked at during unannounced visits last year.

The CQC’s findings and warning notice about staffing also led to private health care provider Bupa withdrawing from using BRI.

The company said it was temporarily suspending its recognition of the hospital, meaning that private treatment there would not be covered while CQC concerns were addressed.

It was a move which baffled hospital leaders who said inspectors had not even looked at the site’s private wing.

Last night Bupa medical director Dr Annabel Bentley said: “We have been in contact with Bradford Royal Infirmary for the last few months and have visited the hospital to discuss improvements in the standards of care, in particular the service at the private patients’ unit.

“We are in the process of discussing their reinstatement as a Bupa-recognised hospital.

“We have sought assurances that the issues identified by the CQC will not affect Bupa customers using the hospital. The health and wellbeing of our customers is our absolute priority.”

Last week the CQC said it believed the BRI was “moving in the right direction”.

It will re-inspect the hospital in the coming months.

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10:24am Fri 9 May 14

collos25 says...

I recently stayed for an operation in the BRI and my mother recently died there and in both cases I can only say the standard was first class.
I recently stayed for an operation in the BRI and my mother recently died there and in both cases I can only say the standard was first class. collos25
  • Score: 6

12:34pm Fri 9 May 14

BILLTILL says...

This place is a disgrace ,the senior management should have been sacked a long time ago .
Some of the remedies put in place now are far too late for those that have died at their hands .
SHAME ON THE !
This place is a disgrace ,the senior management should have been sacked a long time ago . Some of the remedies put in place now are far too late for those that have died at their hands . SHAME ON THE ! BILLTILL
  • Score: 1

12:34pm Fri 9 May 14

Apollo says...

Hardly a great cause for celebration is it? A hospital should be clean, provide good care and be well run by default and not need to be in 'special measures' owing to its failings in all 3 basic areas.

BRI has a very long way to go to win back the trust of the people of Bradford.
Hardly a great cause for celebration is it? A hospital should be clean, provide good care and be well run by default and not need to be in 'special measures' owing to its failings in all 3 basic areas. BRI has a very long way to go to win back the trust of the people of Bradford. Apollo
  • Score: 7

2:18pm Fri 9 May 14

FinlandStation says...

I suppose we should be grateful that things are improving, but a Hospital should not have to be told about basic cleanliness, it should be second nature. It used to be when the Doctors and Nurses ran the health service. It seems to me that everything has gone downhill since they introduced Trusts and managers. Why can't people learn not to fix that which isn't broken.
I suppose we should be grateful that things are improving, but a Hospital should not have to be told about basic cleanliness, it should be second nature. It used to be when the Doctors and Nurses ran the health service. It seems to me that everything has gone downhill since they introduced Trusts and managers. Why can't people learn not to fix that which isn't broken. FinlandStation
  • Score: 7

2:29pm Fri 9 May 14

pcmanners says...

The NHS needs to be privatised to stop places like BRI giving sub-standard treatment. The Conservatives will do it after the next election and then we will see standards really improve because the better the service the more profits the hospital will make.
The NHS needs to be privatised to stop places like BRI giving sub-standard treatment. The Conservatives will do it after the next election and then we will see standards really improve because the better the service the more profits the hospital will make. pcmanners
  • Score: 1

5:06pm Fri 9 May 14

mr.bradford says...

"Monitor was looking into whether staffing problems, highlighted by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), were symptomatic of wider issues at BRI."

It certainly wasn't looking into parking and folk **** it outside the entrances!!

Monitor That!
"Monitor was looking into whether staffing problems, highlighted by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), were symptomatic of wider issues at BRI." It certainly wasn't looking into parking and folk **** it outside the entrances!! Monitor That! mr.bradford
  • Score: 0

5:37pm Fri 9 May 14

Colin Allcars says...

Were staff shortages due to deliberate policy? If so, have the people responsible been sent on their way (without the usual golden handshake fincompetent NHS managers usually skip off into the distance with)
Were staff shortages due to deliberate policy? If so, have the people responsible been sent on their way (without the usual golden handshake fincompetent NHS managers usually skip off into the distance with) Colin Allcars
  • Score: 3

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