Revealed: The Liverpool NHS Trust failure

Written by Megan Tattersley

Liverpool Community Health Service have caused “unnecessary harm” to their patients and staff after large cost-cuttings – according to a new report.

Dr Bill Kirkup and a panel of independent health experts found that between November 2010 and December 2014 the Trust was allowed to go unchallenged by NHS regulators.

A lack of basic oversight by NHS Improvement, NHS England, and local Clinical Commissioning Groups compromised the quality of  care and allowed staff to be bullied and harassed.

BBC News revealed that the report says that the decrease in funding lead to serious staff shortages and bulling. Details in the report showed district nursing budget was underspent by £2.9m, leading to an increase in the most serious types of pressure ulcers, the wrong teeth being removed and patients suffering fractured hips.

Despite having massive cuts to funding West Lancashire MP, Rosie Cooper said: “The leadership team still managed to find enough money to hire jugglers, unicyclists, stilt-walkers and a life-szied elephant to greet guests.”

LCH ran sexual health clinics, walk-in centres and community nursing across Liverpool. They were a“On behalf of the Trust, I apologise for the failings of the past outlined in this review and I am extremely sorry that patients, families and members of staff suffered as a result.”
In the statement, Johanna Reilly also mentions that there has been “significant” process and they will monitor all their clinical and HR practices to ensure they deliver “the highest standards of care”.
The trust has also set up a dedicated telephone helpline to offer additional support to patients and families on 0151 295 3087.
From 1st April Liverpool Community Health will become part of Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.
lso in charge of healthcare at HMP Liverpool. There is a likelihood that avoidable deaths occurred at HMP because of the cuts.

750,000 people in Merseyside use this service for dentistry, nursing and diabetes care.

Following the appointment of an interim leadership team in 2014, significant increases have been made to the LCH clinical workforce and the independent review found considerable improvements. However, Rosie Cooper is demanding that those responsible for the failings of LCH should be held to account and prevented from working in positions of authority at other health organisations. She will be raising “absence of accountability with Ministers and demanding action.”

Johanna Reilly, Chief Operating Officer of Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust said:
“On behalf of the Trust, I apologise for the failings of the past outlined in this review and I am extremely sorry that patients, families and members of staff suffered as a result.”

In the statement, Johanna Reilly also mentions that there has been “significant” process and they will monitor all their clinical and HR practices to ensure they deliver “the highest standards of care”.

The trust has also set up a dedicated telephone helpline to offer additional support to patients and families on 0151 295 3087.

From 1st April Liverpool Community Health will become part of Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.

 

 

 

 

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