Health scrutiny committee chairman responds to CQC hospitals report

Councillor Stratford said: “I am pleased that Oxford University Hospital Trust has been rated as ‘good’ after its recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission. This is a real achievement at a time when the health service nationally is under pressure from the growing demand for healthcare as the population ages.

"In particular, I welcome the Care Quality Commission finding that hospital staff in Oxfordshire treat patients with dignity, respect and compassion, and provide a safe service.

"However I also note the finding that the John Radcliffe Hospital needs improvement, particularly in the areas of A&E and surgery.

"The Oxfordshire Joint Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee will be closely involved in overseeing the hospital’s improvement plan.

"Clearly we will expect the trust to address and deal with the “must do” issues raised by the Care Quality Commission in the very near future.

"The committee will continue its rigorous oversight of OUHT services that reassures the public and provides constructive feedback intended to help all our hospitals in Oxfordshire continue to improve.”