Stafford Hospital receives formal warning from regulator

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 11 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6562
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Stafford Hospital, found to have “appalling” standards of care by a Healthcare Commission investigation in 2009, has received a formal warning from regulators that staff shortages could still be endangering the safety and welfare of patients in the accident and emergency department.

The warning from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) comes just days after the public inquiry into lessons to be learnt from the failings at the hospital finished taking evidence.

The CQC delivered the warning after two unannounced inspections last month “following information that had come to light from the trust itself.” Unless …

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