18 SEP 2016
BY MARTYN HALLE
Libby McManus has issued the apology after taking over from former hospital chief executive, Julie Lowe
North Middlesex Hospital, Edmonton. The hospital was found to be in breach of nearly a dozen laws designed protect the public
The new boss of a scandal-hit hospital where there were 287 unexplained deaths has apologised for the harm and suffering patients endured.
Libby McManus was drafted in to run the North Middlesex Hospital in North London after a damning Care Quality Commission investigation uncovered a series of damning failures.
Among them was the case of a patient – who was found dead and with rigor mortis after being left for four hours in A&E.
Inspectors also found evidence of elderly people suffering abuse, neglect and lack of fluids on wards for care of the elderly
Julie Lowe, the former chief executive of the North Middlesex has been moved on and been secretly found a new NHS job.
Libby McManus has taken over the Chief Executive role in the wake of the damning report
In a meeting with The Sunday People Libby McManus said: “I want to apologise to all those relatives and patients who have suffered in the past.
“We are starting to do things differently now and we are confident that in time we can turn things round.”
Mrs McManus also promised to look at some of the mortality data for the hospital highlighted by Professor Brian Jarman whose work exposed the scandal at Stafford Hospital where there were up to 1200 avoidable deaths.
He said the failings at the North Middlesex had all the hallmarks of the harm and suffering experienced by patients at the Midlands Hospital.
An investigation by the People has found the Edmonton based hospital in breach of nearly a dozen laws designed protect the public following the Stafford Hospital scandal.
North Middlesex Hospital Accident and Emergency unit has been at the centre of the allegations
The snap, unannounced Care Quality Commission inspection of the North Middlesex in April, provoked by a story in The People six weeks earlier, found the trust in breach of many regulations designed to prevent Zero Harm.
Concern about the North Middlesex Hospital has largely focused on its appalling A&E department where several patients have died due to poor care and neglect.
On Friday the People confronted Liz MacManus with the evidence of neglect.
Patient safety campaigner Fiona Bell, who attended the meeting, has called on the Health Secretary to probe the failures at North Middlesex.
She said: “Mr Hunt has to act now and call an investigation into why he and others failed to Act when all the warning signs were there for two years.”
Ms McManus – a nurse by training – has promised to consult Professor Jarman over mortality data.
She said: “We want to understand where we went wrong as part of going forward.”
A full four day inspection of the trust by 30 Care Quality Commission inspectors starts on Tuesday with the findings published later this year.