BBC News: Mundesley Hospital closes after mental health trust withdraws patients

BBC News reports:

A private hospital rated as inadequate has closed down after a mental health trust withdrew all its patients, citing safety concerns.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) said it was not confident that safety improvements at the 27-bed Mundesley Hospital in Norfolk were taking place quickly enough.

This isn’t what complacent Jane Sayer was saying to the EDP before her ‘resignation’ following the publication of the CQC’s damning report following its inspection of NSFT itself.

NSFT Board papers indicate that NSFT patients spent 582 bed days at Mundesley Hospital in August 2017 showing that NSFT was Mundesley Hospital’s largest and dominant customer.

In a statement, NSFT – itself rated inadequate by the CQC – said: “We have been closely monitoring the situation at Mundesley since its recent CQC report was published, to ensure the continued safety of our patients. But we are not assured that remedial safety actions are being put in place quickly enough.”

We’re not sure this action was driven by NSFT as is claimed since a statement from Mundesley Hospital in the EDP implies that NSFT was instructed to withdraw its patients by CCG commissioners. Neither NSFT nor commissioners appeared troubled by the inadequate ratings of Mundesley Hospital until the CQC’s concerns entered the public domain via the media.

We’ve been raising the issue of Mundesley Hospital for more than a year, most recently at the Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) of Norfolk County Council. The then Chief Executive of NSFT, Michael ‘Pay out’ Scott, refused to address our concerns about Mundesley Hospital. Unfortunately for Michael ‘Pay out’ Scott, representatives of the CQC were watching his dismal performance. Michael ‘Pay out’ Scott told councillors that NSFT was using Mundesley Hospital as a local facility to reduce sending patients ‘Out of Area’ (OOA) but failed to mention that NSFT was spending millions of pounds at a hospital deemed inadequate by the CQC. We set the record straight.

A spokesman for the Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk said it had raised serious concerns about the hospital.

“Surely NSFT and local commissioners should have noticed that care was inadequate?” he said.

He said patients now faced the prospect of being sent hundreds of miles away from friends, family and care professionals.

While our campaigners were raising serious concerns about Mundesley Hospital, NSFT and local commissioners spent millions of pounds sending NHS patients to a hospital which failed all of its Care Quality Commission inspections.

Now, with the closure of Mundesley Hospital, people who need a mental health bed face the prospect of being sent hundred of miles away from friends, family and health care professionals. The CQC was clear that patient care was being damaged by the lack of local mental health beds: the NHS in Norfolk and Suffolk must provide them.

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209 thoughts on “BBC News: Mundesley Hospital closes after mental health trust withdraws patients”

  1. I suppose ‘beds’ actually means places of safety and it appears NSFT patients have been at risk in Mundesley. Disgraceful! Difficult to Trust a Board of Directors who have let this happen for months, whilst denying it needs more places of safety in its own services.

  2. The trust board should all resign….they are all culpable, directly or indirectly……clearly the very high standards of professionalism they demand of the clinicians, (whom they  have been found inadequate to lead), doesn’t extend to themselves……The phrase I believe is ‘morally bankrupt’…….

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