A damning report from the Care Quality Commission has highlighted serious concerns about the quality of care at Whipps Cross hospital and the Barts Health NHS Trust has been placed in special measures.
The CQC inspection revealed significant weaknesses across the board in terms of patient care, staffing levels and a culture of bullying and harassment.
As a result of this report - as well as wider issues around performance targets and financial issues - the whole Barts Health NHS trust has been placed in special measures.
Wes Streeting, who is Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing on Redbridge Council, responded to the news saying: "This is a damning report and it is vital that the hospital receives the attention, support and resources it needs to turn the situation around as quickly as possible. Placing the Barts Health trust into special measures is undoubtedly the right course of action to make sure that the Trust receives the attention and resources it requires to turn the situation around and rebuild patient trust in the care they're receiving.
"We will be working closely to support the trust however we can and holding them to account for their improvement on behalf of Redbridge residents. I met this morning with the Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Group and on Thursday I'm meeting with the Barts Health Chief Executive and senior staff.
"I hope that in the coming weeks we'll hear better news about the recent inspection of the Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust, but it is an indictment of this government's health policies that we've had both trusts in special measures. Redbridge residents deserve better than this."