St Clare's Hospice in Jarrow has been rated 'inadequate' by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following an earlier inspection in September.
Commenting in response a Hospice UK spokesperson said:
“The overall “inadequate” rating of St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is cause for significant concern.
“Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice and palliative care. We work very closely with the CQC to ensure that the public receive the very best end of life care available. In this case St Clare's Hospice have acknowledged that they have fallen short and have rightly suspended its in-patient unit and day care services whilst these concerns are addressed.
“We have been in regular contact with the hospice and the CQC throughout this process and it is clear that its CEO and board are putting every effort into addressing the CQC’s concerns. We will be following future developments at the hospice closely.
“Hospices strive to provide the best possible care and support to people nearing the end of their lives and the regulator plays a vital role in ensuring they are all held to the high standards that the public expect.
“Most hospices deliver high quality care, with nine in ten hospices rated “good” or “outstanding”. Last year (2017) the CQC reported that hospices offer a higher proportion of outstanding services than the other health and social care services that it regulates in England.”
Notes to editors
- Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice and palliative care. Its 220 members are all legally and constitutionally independent charities.
- For further information about hospice care visit our website www.hospiceuk.org or follow us on Twitter @hospiceuk
- Get all the latest news from the hospice and palliative care sector, as well as patient stories, on ehospice UK at: www.ehospice.com/uk
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