Unsafe Staffing Levels at 26 Healthcare Providers

The Care Quality commission has issued warnings to 26 healthcare providers, including 17 hospitals, an ambulance service and 8 mental health care providers, that they patient safety is being risked by understaffing.


The Health secretary said that “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”.

The Care Quality Commission has told the organisations concerned that they must comply with its standards and provide evidence of how they were going to do so.


The 17 hospitals are 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; Northampton General Hospital; St Peter’s Hospital, Maldon; Queen Mary’s Hospital, London; Chase Farm Hospital, London; Westmorland General Hospital, Cumbria; Pilgrim Hospital, Lincolnshire; St Anne’s House, East Sussex; and Princess Royal Hospital, West Sussex.


The other nine healthcare providers were the London Ambulance Service and Mental Health services provided at the Ainslie and Highams Inpatient Facility, London; the Campbell Centre, Bedford; the 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.


It should go without saying that if there are not adequate numbers of compenent staff available to treat patients, there will be patients whose health is put at risk; it should not happen.  Gadsby Wicks are specialist medical negligence solicitors.  If you think that you or a member of your family have been the victim of substandard medical care, call us on 0800 321 3112 to discuss how we might be able to help.

Posted 18th January 2013 | Posted in News,Uncategorised