“Although no one could excuse the examples of extremely poor care in the report, RCN stewards have warned Trust management repeatedly about burnt out staff not being properly supported, pockets of bullying which does not encourage people to raise legitimate concerns and a lack of systems in place to cater for the most vulnerable patients.
“The vast majority of the nurses at the Trust work really hard in increasingly difficult circumstances to deliver good care to local people. It is great to see that patients recognise this.
“The problems at Portsmouth hospitals are not theirs alone and bring into focus wider systemic issues including within social care, making it difficult to discharge patients who still need care outside of the hospital.
“These are issues that the whole health system will need to work together to resolve. It will be a real challenge for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight STP (Sustainability and Transformation Partnership).
“And we must not forget of course that the Trust although having a new hospital facility built, is having its finances put under strain by inheriting a considerable PFI debt.
“We do need to see the new leadership at the Trust, committing to putting the appropriate management systems in place, attracting more nurses to the hospital and putting patient safety and care first.”