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Hospitals have unsafe staffing

14th January 2013

The Care Quality Commission has warned that 17 hospitals in England are operating with "unsafe" levels of workers.


The CQC issued warnings to 26 healthcare providers in November after it found 16% of hospitals did not have safe numbers of staff on duty.

Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, said: "There can be no excuse for not providing appropriate staff levels when across the NHS generally there are now more clinical staff working than there were in May 2010 - including nearly 5,000 more doctors and almost 900 extra midwives."

Mike Farrar, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said he was "absolutely convinced that the hospitals in these cases will have taken swift action to improve the levels of service and indeed the levels of staffing on those wards".

The CQC said it had informed the hospitals and trusts that they needed to show them how they would meet their standards for staffing levels. 

The Sunday Telegraph listed the 17 hospitals as Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool; Queen's Hospital, Romford; Stamford & Rutland Hospital; Scarborough Hospital; Milton Keynes Hospital; Royal Cornwall Hospital; Southampton General Hospital; Croydon University Hospital; Bodmin Hospital; Northampton General Hospital; St Peter's Hospital, Maldon; Queen Mary's Hospital, London; Chase Farm Hospital, London; Westmorland General Hospital, Cumbria; Princess Royal Hospital, West Sussex; Pilgrim Hospital, Lincolnshire; and St Anne's House, East Sussex. 

The London Ambulance service and eight mental health trusts were also named by the CQC. 


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