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Local MPs, Huw Merriman and Amber Rudd have welcomed the news (6 June 2018) that East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is no longer in special measures.—Office of MP Huw Merriman, 7 June 2018

“The Trust’s exit from Special Measures is a great step forward for our local NHS hospitals”, Huw Merriman MP

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has today published a report following their latest inspection of the local NHS hospital trust. Although the CQC‘s rating for the Trust remains “Requiring Improvement” overall, the CQC noted significant improvements in a number of areas including leadership, accident and emergency, medical care and outpatient which are now considered good. In addition, the CQC identified areas of outstanding practice in all core services at the Trust.

In a letter to East Sussex MPs, Caroline Dineage MP, Minister of State for Care, said “This improvement is testament to the hard work and efforts of the Trust’s staff and a sign of very positive progress being made at the Trust.”

Huw Merriman, MP for Bexhill and Battle, said “The Trust’s exit from Special Measures is a great step forward for our local NHS hospitals and full credit for this goes to the dedication, commitment and hard work of all the Trusts staff under the excellent leadership of Chief Executive Adrian Bull and his management team. That so many important elements of the hospitals are now rated as good, gives me great confidence that the Trust will continue to improve and provide our constituents with the high standard of healthcare they deserve.”

Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings and Rye, said “The CQC’s report today is a testament to the hard work of the doctors and nurses of the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. It is encouraging to see the measures that have been taken to ensure that local hospitals give our towns the best possible healthcare. I know that I am amongst many residents who are grateful to the dedicated teams who work so hard to deliver good healthcare and I am pleased that Adrian Bull’s work has been recognised by the CQC.”