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Hospital improvements discussed at scrutiny

Improvements in Dudley borough hospitals were highlighted at Dudley Council’s health and adult social care meeting last week (August 28).

The four-hour scrutiny session was held with representatives of The Dudley Group and Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group at Dudley Council House.

The meeting, chaired by Councillor Dave Tyler, received detailed presentations from senior representatives of the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust.

A report will go to the council’s cabinet on September 11 states that the scrutiny committee welcomed assurances that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) recommendations are being addressed following an inspection report published in July.

The committee recognised the hard work and dedication of all staff involved and supported ongoing partnership working between the NHS, the council and the Clinical Commissioning Group.

Councillors also endorsed a joint, co-ordinated strategy to reduce the numbers of people who may attend the Russell’s Hall Emergency Department unnecessarily.

Kevin O’Keefe, chief executive of Dudley Council, said:

"These recommendations clearly demonstrate the value of the scrutiny process.

"A partnership approach to implementing these measures will support the continuous improvement of services in line with the Dudley Borough Vision.

"The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust has submitted a detailed action plan to the CQC and the scrutiny committee has received assurances from the Trust that ongoing monitoring arrangements are in place."

Diane Wake, chief executive, The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust said:

"This meeting gave people the opportunity to hear more about the things we are doing to continuously improve the quality of services we provide and how we have responded to the CQC inspections.

"It was a very positive session and we are pleased that the local authority has been assured of our ongoing action plan."

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