Tameside Hospital in special measures

Tameside Hospital, which serves Glossopdale, is one of eleven in England being placed in special measures because of major failings, the government announced on Tuesday.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the NHS foundation trust, which was among 14 investigated by the Keogh Review for high mortality rates, had problems so entrenched that tough action was needed.

The panel found a general culture of accepting suboptimal care at the Greater Manchester hospital.

The report also cited examples of patients being left on unmonitored trolleys for excessive periods of time and expressed concerns about infection control policies.

Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) welcomed the findings of the review, which was commissioned in February and carried out by NHS medical director for England Sir Bruce Keogh.

Steve Allinson, chief operating officer, said: “This is a critical report that cannot be answered with empty promises and one we must receive and act upon openly, publicly and with transparency.

“We urge the hospital to focus on working with its public and staff along with all their health partners, including the CCG, Healthwatch and other hospitals, to ensure all the recommendations from the review are achieved.”

Tameside Hospital’s interim chief executive Karen James said: “Standards of care have to be higher and our patients have the right to expect this.

“What is important now is that we work collectively with our health partners, look to the future and work with our staff within the hospital to raise standards further.

“People can be absolutely reassured that we will work through the inevitable challenges that still lie ahead, with the support of our many thousands of dedicated and caring staff so that they can feel proud of their work, their organisation and the NHS.

“This is a new start for Tameside Hospital and we very much look forward to it.”