Neil Hudgell Solicitors

‘Failing’ hospitals: is the glass half full or half empty? The jury is still out

The policy of special measures for hospital trusts was part of the government’s response in 2013 to the Stafford Hospital scandal. The intention was to bring a new focus on raising the quality of care in ‘failing’ hospitals.

The special measures policy has been welcomed by many inside and outside the health service, but it seems too early to tell just how effective it is.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s glass was predictably half full when he gave an update recently. Using an appropriate metaphor, he announced that a year to the day since the first 11 hospitals had been in the failure regime, five of them were on the ‘road to recovery’…

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