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Health secretary praises hospital staff

PUBLISHED: 16:51 01 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:51 01 May 2018

Chairman of the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust Shelia Childerhouse with the health secretary Jeremy Hunt and the trust's chief executive Dr Stephen Dunn. Picture: West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Chairman of the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust Shelia Childerhouse with the health secretary Jeremy Hunt and the trust's chief executive Dr Stephen Dunn. Picture: West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

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The health secretary praised staff at the West Suffolk Hospital during a visit to discuss patient safety in the NHS.

Jeremy Hunt commended staff at the Bury St Edmunds hospital for their efforts following the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s latest outstanding Care Quality Commission rating.

Mr Hunt was also told about new equipment and tools which are being used to improve patient safety at the hospital.

He said: “I was hugely impressed by their commitment to improving patient safety - in particular the push to ensure technology to benefit patients is used right across the trust, whether through innovative apps or electronic records.

“Staff should be rightly proud of the outstanding rating from the CQC - and the rest of the NHS should take note of their commitment to improve beyond outstanding to ‘world-leading’. ”

Mr Hunt also took questions from staff.

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