Improvements at Teddington Memorial Hospital welcomed by Vince Cable, but why the cuts in beds?

Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Twickenham, has warmly welcomed the improvements in care services set out in a recent report by the Care Quality Commission.

The findings included:

  • Regular oversight of the inpatient unit by members of the Executive team.
  • All day shifts were filled by 100% permanent staff. Night shifts by 95% permanent staff.
  • The inpatient environment was visibly clean, quiet and calm.
  • CQC inspectors’ visits were unannounced and they found patients were up and dressed early in the day.
  • Staff had received additional training in areas that had been identified as weak at the previous inspection.
  • All healthcare assistants had obtained the care certificate.
  • Inspectors found no issues associated with privacy and dignity. Staff sought patients’ consent for treatment including daily activities such as washing and dressing.
  • There was resuscitation equipment on the inpatient unit which had not been readily available on the previous inspection, and staff were confident in how to use it.

Vince Cable, who played a major role in saving the Teddington Memorial Hospital from closure when he was the MP, commented on the latest report:

“I very much welcome these important improvements in care services. A huge thank you and praise should go to all the staff at Teddington Memorial Hospital.

“However, while welcoming these improvements I am simply astounded that the current Government policy is to cut beds. The Teddington Memorial Hospital’s care services for frail, elderly people could play a much bigger role in helping to reduce demand on acute services at acute hospitals such as Kingston and West Middlesex.

“It is a false economy and simply counter productive to be reducing beds at the Teddington Memorial Hospital.”