“The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) report should serve as a serious wake-up call for the Isle of Wight NHS Trust’s leadership, as it makes for very grim reading.
“There must be some corporate accountability for these failings. On the frontline, nurses at the Trust turn up to work to do the very best they can for patients under incredibly difficult circumstances.
“Although the CQC report shows nursing staff levels in the Emergency and Coronary Care Unit have improved, there are still problems with under staffing in other departments and a reliance on agency staff. We know that nursing morale is at rock bottom and yet it is gratifying to read that nursing care is seen as good within the report.
“It is vital that these problems are addressed so that patients have access to the best possible care. I am seeking an urgent meeting with Acting Chief Executive Dr Mark Pugh and we hope the Trust will work constructively with the RCN to resolve the management deficiencies raised in the CQC report.”