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Staff told 'leave bodies on ward'

30th June 2006

Hospital staff in Lancashire have been told to leave corpses in wards because there are not enough porters to move them at night.

Two porters are needed at Queen's Park Hospital in Blackburn to take bodies away to the mortuary. But recent staff sickness has meant that on occasional nights only one porter has been on duty at the site.

The hospital trust said staff shortages should be resolved when a new £130m super hospital opens in July.

The hospital is merging with the Blackburn Royal Infirmary and the new hospital is being built at the Queen's Park site.

But until the new hospital opens on 9 July, many services, including porters, are split across two sites.

In a statement, the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust said its new hospital would have a rapid response team that could be called in to deal with any requests for moving patients.

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