Serious safety breaches at hospital8th October 2010
The health service regulator has highlighted serious breaches of safety and quality standards at Scarborough and Bridlington hospitals.
While there was no evidence that harm was coming to patients, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said they were at risk of receiving poor care and the high number of breaches at the hospitals – where there is financial and recruitment problems - was a serious concern.
CQC inspectors said that of the 16 essential standards, Scarborough Hospital was compliant with only one with key concerns including incomplete records kept by nurses, a lack of training in adult safeguarding and staff shortages among nursing staff.
At Bridlington Hospital, which was compliant with six, the main concern related to training in safeguarding vulnerable people.
Both have been given two weeks to outline how they will comply, with inspectors poised for an unannounced return visit to check on progress.
Jo Dent, regional director of CQC for Yorkshire and Humber, said: We have no evidence of people being harmed as a result of the breaches at either Scarborough or Bridlington hospitals.
“But we want people to be aware that the risk of receiving poor care is greater in these hospitals because standards are not being met.”
Scarborough and North East Yorkshire NHS Trust say improvement actions are already happening, though not yet complete, against a backdrop of financial difficulties.
A spokesman added: “In addition, we have inherited an old, outdated and difficult-to-maintain hospital estate and due to our geographic location and demographic make-up, we also have recruitment difficulties.”
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Title: Serious safety breaches at hospital
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 16317
Date Added: 8th Oct 2010