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Thursday, 21 June, 2001, 15:15 GMT 16:15 UK
Hospital on road to recovery
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Major changes have taken place at the heart centre
Major improvements have taken place at the heart centre at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, according to a report.

Last year an independent inquiry described the unit as "dysfunctional".

It also said team-working was almost non-existent and found severe management failings.

An Oversight Group was set up to monitor the progress of an action plan which was put in place to address the centre's failings.

'Quality care'

Bernard Williams, Chairman of the Oversight Group, said: "Although the quality of clinical care given to cardiac patients was not a question raised by the report, it highlighted many areas of concern."

The progress report by the Oversight Group says the hospital trust has tackled previous criticisms and made major improvements.

It points out that over the last six months nursing and managerial staff have worked well together to overcome problems and to make improvements.


I feel that progress is being made and that attitudes are being changed

Margaret Hodge, Community Health Council
Maria Cook from the Royal College of Nursing said: "Many nurses have played a significant role in bringing about both practical and cultural change in the department.

"The department is now a much more supportive place to work and can, I hope, rebuild its good reputation."

There have been 12 major practical changes implemented already and another 11 are under way.

Margaret Hodge, Community Health Council representative on the Oversight group, said: "The report on cardiac services in Oxford shook patient and public confidence in the trust.

"I feel that progress is being made and that attitudes are being changed."

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