Douglas Carswell MP has called for direct ministerial intervention to sort out the problems at Colchester Hospital.
After a litany of failures at the hospital, many of which have affected Clacton residents, regulators have been called in following a highly critical report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which drew particular attention to the hospital's surgery and medical care inpatient wards.
Douglas is very disappointed after writing to the Department of Health about what more can be done for Colchester Hospital patients. A response from the care quality minister, Ben Gummer, said "I do not believe that Ministerial intervention into the Trust is warranted". Instead, assurances that a "multi-agency risk summit" and a buddy support system from Basildon Hospital were offered. Monitor, the NHS foundation trust regulator, is also awaiting a comprehensive inspection report the CQC before taking further action.
Douglas went on to say:
"Colchester Hospital has had months to get its act together. Whilst bureaucrats meet to talk about what's gone wrong, the people who rely on those services carry on suffering from the foundation trust's ineptitude. The government now needs to step up and get involved directly."