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CQC says 26 health providers are not employing enough staff for safety

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f284 (Published 15 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f284
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

The Care Quality Commission has warned 17 NHS hospitals in England, eight mental health trusts, and the London Ambulance Service that they are failing to employ enough staff to operate safely.

The warnings were issued after CQC inspections, but the names of the organisations were not made public until Labour’s shadow health secretary, Andy Burnham, asked the CQC for them.

In its State of Healthcare report, published last November, the CQC said that of 250 inspections it had made of hospital services 40 (16%) had showed a failure to meet a staffing level sufficient to provide a good service.1 But this report covered the period up to March 2012, while the lower numbers released by Burnham included only those that were recorded as being non-complaint with staffing levels on 9 January 2013.

Hospitals and mental health services with unsafe staffing levels

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