High job vacancy rates in hospitals and nursing homes underpin poor care, says watchdog

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 22 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7990
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

One in six hospital services (16%) in England inspected by the health and social care services regulator in 2011-12 did not have enough staff, leading to poor drug management and record keeping.

The Care Quality Commission’s report on the state of care looked at all adult care sectors for the first time: the NHS, independent healthcare, dental care, and social care.1

It found that of 250 inspections of hospital services 40 (16%) failed to ensure that they had enough staff to provide a good service. Inspectors from the commission found wards running with high vacancy rates and staff being asked to do too many different roles at once, says the report.

A similar number of residential care homes (603 of 3771 inspected) also had inadequate staffing, while …

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