YEP Says, July 1: City hospital bosses must now deliver a clean bill of health

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...and a Grand thank you to our community heroes

IN the wake of the worst ever hospital scandal, which saw patients in Mid Staffordshire routinely neglected by staff to the point where 1,200 people needlessly lost their lives, there was incomprehension that such glaring care failures were overlooked for so long.

Though the Care Quality Commission’s subsequent move to beef up its inspections smacks of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted, it is still an important step toward restoring public trust.

One of the first trusts to be subjected to this increased scrutiny is Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust – and the results make for sobering reading.

Concluding that both Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s Hospital require improvement, concerns centre on a shortage of out of hours doctors, the quality of staff handovers, a lack of facilities for young people and the practice of patients waiting on trolleys in corridors for beds to become available.

These issues are not unique to Leeds and other hospitals can learn from such criticism.

The test now will be how the Commission monitors the Trust’s efforts to tackle them and what repercussions there are for senior management if they fail to transpire.

If public confidence is to be fully restored, then officials must be held accountable – something which conspicuously failed to happen following the scandal at Mid Staffordshire.

A Grand thank you to community heroes

THERE will be a scramble for the best vantage points when the Tour de France gets under way in Leeds at the weekend.

And we’re delighted to help give some of the best seats in the house to those who do so much to help others. The community champions who will get a perfect view of the Grand Depart are Leeds’s very own heroes. As such, they are fully deserving of their special day out on Saturday.

We hope they all have a wonderful time watching the planet’s greatest cyclists on what will be such a historic occasion for Leeds. It’s the least the city can do to thank them for their efforts.

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