Lancashire hospital trust fails its targets

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A hospital trust is under investigation by regulators after repeatedly failing to meet appointment targets and having too many “superbug” outbreaks.

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust runs Chorley Hospital, the Royal Preston Hospital and the Specialist Mobility and Rehabilitation Centre across Lancashire.

It has been told by health sector regulator Monitor it must improve “within weeks” or face “strong intervention”. Monitor says some patients are waiting too long for treatment at the trust.

The regulator is concerned that since April 2013 the trust has failed to see some patients within 18 weeks of them being referred and will look at whether the trust has breached its licence to provide healthcare services.

Monitor regional director Robert Davidson said: “Currently patients are waiting too long for some treatments and we want to know why this is happening. We will take further action to ensure things are put right, if necessary.”

The investigation will look into performance against two targets, the 18-week referral to treatment standard for admitted patients; and the number of C-difficile (C-diff) infections during a year-long period.

Trust chief executive Karen Partington said: “We advised Monitor last month that we would not achieve the 18-week referral to treatment standard for the third consecutive quarter.

“We have also reported that we have exceeded our trajectory for the number of cases of C-diff infections.

“Last winter our urgent care services experienced intense, growing and unsustainable pressure. To help manage this and make sure patients with urgent needs could receive prompt treatment we postponed a number of elective procedures, and have since found it challenging to meet the 18 week standard for admitted patients.

“We have exceeded what is a very challenging trajectory for the C-diff infection year to date.

“We will be working closely with Monitor in the coming weeks to share our recovery plans, and make sure we are taking every action possible to deliver timely treatment, and reduce hospital acquired infection.”

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