YORKSHIRE’S ambulance service has been ordered to improve.
The trust, which runs services across the county, has been lambasted for failing to meet hygiene standards.
It was one of 21 NHS trusts which have failed to meet standards set by a new ‘super-regulator’ for health and social care.
All trusts were told they had to meet Government standards on cleanliness as part of their registration with the new Care Quality Commission (CQC).
It was revealed that 10 acute hospital trusts, six primary care trusts, four mental health care trusts and the Yorkshire Ambulance Service have had conditions placed on their registration as a result of failing to meet the criteria fully. Of these, four are NHS foundation trusts.
Martyn Pritchard, chief executive of Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “We take these issues very seriously and carried out our own rigorous examination of infection prevention and control measures.
“We’ve highlighted areas where we need to be better and have informed the Care Quality Commission (CQC) accordingly.
“We’ve agreed with the CQC that these areas will be sorted out in the next few weeks”.
Fears over the regulation of foundation trusts were raised last month after it emerged Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust had been awarded the status – a supposed marker of excellence – despite concerns over its high death rates.
The Healthcare Commission published a damning report on “appalling standards” of care at Mid Staffs, which put patients’ lives at risk.
Between 400 and 1,200 more people died at the trust than would have been expected between April 2005 and March 2008.
The new survey showed some trusts had been given a deadline for taking action to meet hygiene standards.