Medical care at Mid Staffs is deemed unsafe as trust prepares to close

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 10 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6160
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The level of medical care provided at the troubled Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust in recent months has been unsafe, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has said.

Staff shortages, scarce clinical leadership, heavy reliance on agency staff, and difficulties in balancing the books have all made it difficult for the trust to continue operating, said the health service regulator in a new report.1 Mid Staffs and its trust special administrators, who were appointed to help determine the future of the organisation last year, said that they were doing everything they could to ensure that safe care is provided while the trust prepares to close next month.

A public inquiry2 into the trust last year found failures at every …

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