ACTION is promised to improve the situation at the NHS Trust that serves Ludlow and south Shropshire.

This follows an inspection by health watchdogs, the Care Quality Commission, that found the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust to be inadequate.

The Trust that has been placed into special measures was found to be providing potentially unsafe accident and emergency and maternity services.

An inspection was carried out in September to assess the performance of the Trust that serves a population of more than 400,000 people and has 628 inpatient beds, 43-day case beds and 44 children’s beds at its hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford.

Ludlow MP Philip Dunne, a Health Minister until earlier this year, expects things to improve.

“As we know, the Trust was recently placed into Special Measures,” said Mr Dunne.

“So, this report does not come as a surprise, though it provides more detail as to why it was felt necessary.”