Response to Care Quality Commission report on Derriford

The chair of Plymouth Health and Wellbeing Board Councillor Ian Tuffin has responded to the Care Quality Commission’s report on the city’s hospital.

And he has vowed to write to the minister and all of the city’s MPs to request they support the hospital’s bid for £25 million investment.

He said: “I am very concerned for Plymouth patients and residents who use Derriford Hospital.

“Two departments – the pharmacy and diagnostic services – require immediate improvement. The diagnostic service, in particular, causes real concern as it is vital that patients should not have to endure long periods of worry and stress.

“It is clear from the report that the staff work extremely hard and that the level of overall care is rated very highly, but they are working in cramped and outdated facilities.

Councillor Tuffin is to ask the Chief Executive of the hospital to attend the city’s health and wellbeing board to discuss the hospital’s situation and will also raise it at the next full Council. He said: “As a city we are committed to reducing health inequalities, but it is becoming increasingly hard to make headway and make a difference to the lives of our residents.

“Fewer GP surgeries mean more people head straight for the hospital, whose staff are taking the strain. We need to back the hospital’s bid for new funding – we also need to look at the whole health picture for Plymouth. If this warning is not a wake-up call for more funding, I do not know what is.”