Plans to subject Cornwall’s main hospital to a rigorous inspection have been welcomed by one of the county’s MPs.
Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth, urged patients and their families to speak up when the Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspects the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust (RCHT) later this month.
The RCHT is to be in the first wave of a new, tougher regime of scrutiny launched in the wake of the Mid Staffordshire Hospital scandal where hundreds of patients died despite targets being met.
The RCHT has been chosen by the CQC as it is in the midst of an application to become a Foundation Trust, which confers greater independence.
Mrs Newton urged people to take part.
‘‘I am delighted that the CQC will be inspecting the Royal Cornwall Hospitals,” she said.
“Inspections have a role to play in ensuring the highest standards of patient care are met.”
“The RCHT has had positive inspection reports in the past and many patients and staff speak very highly of the service that is provided.
“Inspections are important in highlighting any areas which could be improved in providing the care the people of Cornwall deserve and the staff want to deliver.”
The CQC is holding two listening events at 6.30pm on Tuesday January 21; one at Truro College in Fal Building, and the other at St John’s Hall, Penzance.
Mrs Newton said people should take part.
“I would urge anyone who has an interest in how the health services provided by the RCHT to attend the Listening Events which are open to the public,” she said.
“This will provide an opportunity for the CQC to hear the experiences of people who use the RCHT services.”