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Walsall hospital still needs to improve say inspectors

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Image caption Bosses at Walsall Manor Hospital says they are "encouraged" by the positives in the report

A hospital trust still needs to improve, according to inspectors.

The Care Quality Commission says it recognises changes being made by Walsall Manor Hospital, but it still says it "requires improvement"

Two years ago inspectors the trust was rated "inadequate" and put into special measures.

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs the hospital says it is a "different trust" to the one last seen.

When inspectors revisited in May they said they saw progress being made and upgraded its status to "requires improvement" - but a report said there was still more to be done.

A number of areas, including services for children, are now individually rated as good.

But the CQC says there are still some staffing and training problems across the hospital, adding that maternity remained an area of concern.

Staffing problems in maternity and gynaecology have been a key issue, and remain "inadequate", according to inspectors.

'Deliver our vision'

The report also recognised some "outstanding practice" in end of life care and urgent and emergency services.

Richard Kirby, chief executive, said the trust was "encouraged" by the positive feedback from inspectors.

It says its next steps will be to improve maternity services and ensure the hospital keeps up high quality in care.

He added: "We know we still have lots more to do to deliver our vision."

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