Child care unacceptable at Basildon Hospital

First published in Local News

THE NEW chief executive of Basildon Hospital told of her hopes for the future after its paediatric care was branded “completely unacceptable” by a health watchdog.

Clare Panniker took the helm from beleagured predecessor Alan Whittle two months ago and spoke of her disappointment at the trust facing another crisis so soon under her leadership.

The hospital has been ordered by the Care Quality Commission to launch an independent review of paediatric services.

The commission carried out an unannounced inspection on November 3 following two serious incidents in October suspected to be linked to medication received by children, including a ten-year-old girl who later died.

Today, it also served two improvement notices on the trust calling for urgent improvements to paediatric services.

Mrs Panniker said: "After two months this was not what I was hoping for, I hoped to be able to build on the success of the last couple of months."

However, she said a series of measures were under way.

Special report in tomorrow's Echo.

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3:41pm Mon 19 Nov 12

jolllyboy says...

How many more years before this Hospital comes up to scratch. no wonder people go to others.
How many more years before this Hospital comes up to scratch. no wonder people go to others. jolllyboy
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4:01pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

Do they have a choice these days?
Do they have a choice these days? Olivia2847
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4:19pm Mon 19 Nov 12

bazza 1 says...

It's not just the childcare that has a problem. Pray to God you never need to go to A and E.
It's not just the childcare that has a problem. Pray to God you never need to go to A and E. bazza 1
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4:26pm Mon 19 Nov 12

leslog says...

WHEN ARE WE GOING TO STOP USING THE NHS AS A POLITICAL FOOTBALL THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT DID SPEND MONEY TO TRY TO GET IT UP TO SOME EUROPEAN PARTNERS SPEND ON HEALTH SERVICES ,ALL RIGHT THE SITUATION REGARDING WHAT IS SPENT ON SUPPLIES FROM OUTSIDE CONTRACTORS NEEDS SORTING SO THE NHS IS NOT RIPPED OFF ,AND THE PUBLIC /PRIVATE IDEA FOR HOSPITAL BUILDING,WE DO NEED SOME STABILITY FOR STAFF AND PATIENTS ALIKE GOING FORWARD WITH PRIORITY ON PATIENT CARE AND RESULTS ,TRYING TO AVOID ANY PRIVATE INVOLVEMENT WHO ARE LOOKING TO MAKE A PROFIT FROM HEALTHCARE FIRST AND FOREMOST,LIVES AND CARE BEFORE PROFIT SHOULD BE THE MOTTO
WHEN ARE WE GOING TO STOP USING THE NHS AS A POLITICAL FOOTBALL THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT DID SPEND MONEY TO TRY TO GET IT UP TO SOME EUROPEAN PARTNERS SPEND ON HEALTH SERVICES ,ALL RIGHT THE SITUATION REGARDING WHAT IS SPENT ON SUPPLIES FROM OUTSIDE CONTRACTORS NEEDS SORTING SO THE NHS IS NOT RIPPED OFF ,AND THE PUBLIC /PRIVATE IDEA FOR HOSPITAL BUILDING,WE DO NEED SOME STABILITY FOR STAFF AND PATIENTS ALIKE GOING FORWARD WITH PRIORITY ON PATIENT CARE AND RESULTS ,TRYING TO AVOID ANY PRIVATE INVOLVEMENT WHO ARE LOOKING TO MAKE A PROFIT FROM HEALTHCARE FIRST AND FOREMOST,LIVES AND CARE BEFORE PROFIT SHOULD BE THE MOTTO leslog
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4:27pm Wed 21 Nov 12

EthanEdwards says...

Always a bad sign the all in CAPS post.
Always a bad sign the all in CAPS post. EthanEdwards
  • Score: 0

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