In welcoming the Care Quality Commission’s decision to rate Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust as ‘requires improvement’ and their recommendation the Trust exits special measures, Rachel said:

“First of all I’d like to pay tribute to the hardworking doctors, nurses and all of the Trust’s healthcare professionals who are tireless in their determination to provide the care their patients deserve.

“My constituents have waited far too long for the Trust to emerge from special measures. Of course I welcome the CQC’s decision to rate the Trust as ‘requires improvement,’ but I know how much further there is still to go until the Trust is providing first class services.

“The CQC’s report also found progress was being made at the Alex. Inspectors said the hospital’s outpatient services supported patients to make informed decisions about their care. I’d also like to highlight that the inspectors witnessed an area of outstanding practice at the Alex’s diagnostic imaging department where they found staff ‘routinely exceeded’ patient expectations.

“Along with my fellow Worcestershire MPs, we have worked tirelessly to support the Trust and to do everything we can to ensure services improve. We’ve often be critical, and I certainly have, but that’s because we demand better for our constituents.

“We will now continue to work with the Trust as a system-wide package is agreed with NHS England to ensure the Trust is able to continue to build on the progress already made. There can be no going backwards.”