"PATIENT care" is the reason staff get out of bed each morning according to a director at the county's hospitals.
Sean Elyan's comments come in the wake of a damning report into the quality of care at Stafford Hospital. Years of abuse and neglect at that hospital led to the deaths of hundreds of patients. The medical director at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said our hospitals are in a good place.
He said: "The Stafford report highlights unacceptable care. Here in Gloucestershire, we are confident that the care we are providing does not emulate what we have seen in the report. I do feel we have good systems in place so that if we have patient concerns, they can be openly looked into. I'm not going to say we are always right but you need to be prepared to change things to make it right if we get it wrong. We come into work and look after our patients with quality care and that is what gets us out of bed."
Louise Crook, head of healthcare at Rickerbys Solicitors in Cheltenham, said: "Unfortunately this report comes at a time when primary care trusts are being dismantled. Let's hope these new boards are able to establish a better reputation to regain public trust."