Latest CQC report said it was pleased with improvements the Trust had made - but more still needs to be done.

Northern Devon Healthcare Trust has been told it must continue to improve the quality of some of its services.

Following the latest inspection, the Care Quality Commision has rated emergency and urgent care, maternity and gynaecology and end of life care as ‘requiring improvement’.

Deputy chief inspector of hospitals, Professor Edward Baker said: “While there have been some improvements since our last inspection, the flow of patients from the emergency department into the hospital is still not being managed well.

“The trust also needs to do more to address other matters that we found on our previous inspection.

“However the trust has assured us that it is working steadily towards ensuring the improvements are taking place and I am satisfied that the trust leadership knows what is needed.”

In September 2014 the trust was required to make improvements in three aspects of care, and inspectors recognised improvements.

Chief executive, Dr Alison Diamond said: “We are really pleased that the CQC has recognised the improvements we have made across these aspects of care.”