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Morecambe Bay Kirkup investigation report publication

3 March 2015
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
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Commenting on Dr Kirkup’s report following his investigation into University Hospitals Morecambe Bay, CQC Chief Executive David Behan said:

“We welcome today’s report and our sympathies are with the families who have suffered as a result of poor and unacceptable care. We hope it gives them answers to the questions they have been asking for many years. We have previously apologised, and today we repeat that apology, for CQC’s regulation of the trust not being as robust as it should have been and for missing opportunities to intervene to prevent poor care.

“We will study this report and consider carefully the recommendations that relate to CQC.

“CQC has radically changed the way we regulate and inspect hospitals in the last 18 months. What happened at University Hospitals Morecambe Bay has contributed to the changes and improvements we have made and continue to make. This progress is noted in today’s report.

“The trust is currently in special measures following a CQC inspection in February 2014 that rated it inadequate. We are due to inspect again in May to check progress on improvements but will go back sooner if we need to respond to concerns.”


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