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Maternity care: Leicester services are downgraded for understaffing and risky triage delays

BMJ 2023; 382 doi: (Published 21 September 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;382:p2178
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

Understaffing and triage delays that led patients to give up waiting and discharge themselves have been identified as problems at some maternity services run by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) lowered previous overall ratings of “good” on two of three maternity services run by the trust—Leicester Royal Infirmary and Leicester General Hospital12—to “requires improvement” after carrying out inspections in February and March. It issued a warning notice for the trust to focus its attention on rapid improvements in managing these maternity services.

On the rating for safety the CQC lowered …

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