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Seventeen hospitals officially deemed understaffed

Hospitals are among 26 understaffed services named by the CQC

Ingrid Torjesen

Monday, 14 January 2013

Seventeen hospitals and nine other health providers have been officially warned by the Care Quality Commission that they are understaffed.

Each has been told that it does not have enough staff “to keep people safe and meet their health and welfare needs”.

The names of the services were revealed in an article in the Sunday Telegraph yesterday.

The 17 hospitals were named on a list of 26 “health providers” found to have inadequate staffing levels. The data has never before been made public.

The understaffed hospitals named were: Scarborough Hospital; Milton Keynes Hospital; Royal Cornwall Hospital; Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool; Queen’s Hospital, Romford; Stamford & Rutland Hospital; Southampton General Hospital; Croydon University Hospital; Bodmin Hospital, Cornwall; Northampton General Hospital; St Peter’s Hospital, Maldon; Queen Mary’s Hospital, London; Chase Farm Hospital, London; Westmorland General Hospital; Pilgrim Hospital, Leicestershire; St Anne’s House, East Sussex; and Princess Royal Hospital, West Sussex.

London Ambulance Service and eight mental health units were also warned about dangerous staffing levels. They were: Ainslie and Highams Inpatient Facility, London; The Campbell Centre, Bedford; Forston Clinic, Dorset; The Cavell Centre, Peterborough; The Bradgate Mental Health Unit, Leicestershire; Avon and Wiltshire NHS Mental Health Trust; Blackberry Hill Hospital, Bristol; and Park House, Manchester.

The list of hospital was revealed as publication of the report by Robert Francis QC in Mid Staffs nears. Poor staffing levels, particularly nursing levels, were a factor at Safford Hospital where up to 1,200 patients died unnecessarily.

The list of understaffed services was obtained by Labour.

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham told the Sunday Telegraph: “One by one, David Cameron has broken all the promises he made on the NHS. It is now struggling with his toxic medicine of spending cuts and reorganisation.

“Almost 7,000 nursing posts have been lost since David Cameron entered Downing Street. The public has a right to know if their local hospital is taking risks with staffing levels.”

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