CQC downgrades maternity units across the UK

Posted By Kirsty Dakin - 13th July 2021

It has been reported that the CQC has downgraded another maternity unit, in Salisbury, due to concerns about culture and safety. Salisbury District Hospital joins maternity units in North London, Sheffield, Colchester and Ipswich, which have all also been downgraded in recent weeks. The inspection in Salisbury in March 2021 found that women and babies received care and treatment that met their needs “most of the time”, but this is not good enough. The unit has been downgraded to “requires improvement” and its leadership has also been downgraded to “inadequate”. The hospital has pledged to everything possible to ensure that the standard of care in the maternity unit improves. We hope that all of the maternity units downgraded by the CQC are able to improve the care given and ensure that there is no harm to the women and babies using the service.