Protests at Beverley’s East Riding Community Hospital continued this Wednesday calling on hospital managers to make public their plans for turning around the failing hospital.
Wednesday was the deadline for the NHS Humber Foundation Trust to produce its action plan in response to last week’s CQC report which called for immediate improvement at the hospital.
Although the trust has completed the plan, it will not be made public until September, a delay which has angered those campaigning for improvements at the £19million facility which opened a year ago.
The protesters from the organisations, including Save Our NHS, Unite and the Labour Party, have vowed to continue their demonstrations until the problems are resolved.
George McManus, Beverley and Holderness Labour Party’s Parliamentary spokesman, said, “We’re disappointed that we’re being kept in the dark, we’ve been told today that the Action Plan isn’t to be made public for another two months.
“The hospital’s reputation is declining further in the meantime. My main concern is that the recovery Action Plan has been written by the management team who the Quality Care Commission have blamed for the problems, how can they as the problem be part of the solution?
“Our demonstrations will carry on until this dreadful situation is resolved.”
A statement from David Snowden, Chief Executive of the Humber NHS Foundation Trust, said: “An Action Plan to demonstrate how full compliance with the required standards would be achieved had already been drawn up by the Trust and its partners (including NHS East Riding of Yorkshire CCG) prior to the release of the Care Quality Commission report to enhance staff training, knowledge and skills and manage identified risks.
“The Action Plan focuses on the three essential national standards that the CQC identified as needing action; care and welfare of people who use services, supporting workers and assessing and monitoring the quality of service provision. The Action Plan was submitted to the CQC yesterday [Tuesday] and we will be sharing the plan and progress against actions at our Public Board meeting in September.
The papers of this meeting will be published on www.humber.nus.co.uk