CQC Report – Basildon Maternity Service – August 2020
19 August 2020
The Care Quality Commission has asked us to make improvements to maternity services at Basildon Hospital.
It published its report on Wednesday (19 August) following an
inspection of the service in June.
While inspectors noted improvements had been made since their
last visit, they have asked us to take action in a number of
Clare Panniker, Chief Executive of Mid and South Essex NHS
Foundation Trust - which runs Basildon Hospital - said:
"It is so important that mums feel safe when they come to us to
have their babies, and that our staff feel supported to deliver the
very best care. These are the two areas we've been focusing on and
have taken urgent and significant action to address.
"We know that our services are safe to use, but I'm sorry that
we didn't make improvements quickly enough.
"Our dedicated staff had already begun to make changes before
the CQC visited us - and the report recognises that a raft of
improvements had been put in place.
"We have a new leadership team, invested £1.8million in
recruiting 29 more midwives and two additional consultants, opened
three more delivery beds for high risk women, and created a triage
"We have also over-hauled our processes and training to ensure
that we offer women the very best care and support and that we are
addressing the issues raised by the inspectors."
Notes to editor
Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust was formed from the
merger of Mid Essex Hospitals, Southend Hospital and Basildon &
Thurrock Hospital on 1 April 2020.