NHS trust at centre of baby deaths inquiry deemed ‘unsafe’Ruth Mabhiza
NHS trust at centre of baby deaths inquiry deemed ‘unsafe’
Shrewsbury and Telford hospital’s A&E and maternity care is inadequate – regulator
The hospital trust at the centre of an inquiry into dozens of baby deaths and injuries has been declared inadequate by the NHS’s care regulator over its “unsafe” A&E and maternity care.
The move by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the latest blow to hit Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS trust, which has been under pressure over a growing catalogue of alleged breaches of care standards.
The trust – which runs two hospitals in Shropshire and provides care for 420,000 people – has 715 beds and employs 5,000 staff.
Prof Ted Baker, the CQC’s chief inspector of hospitals, said he was “particularly concerned about the emergency department and maternity services [at the trust]. We have already taken urgent action to protect people and we are monitoring the trust extremely closely.”
He added: “While we found staff to be caring and dedicated, there is clearly much work needed at the trust to ensure care is delivered in a way that ensures people are safe.”
Baker has told the trust to “make all improvements necessary to give patients the standard of safe care they should be able to expect”.
A 79-page report by the CQC has revealed a large number of problems at the trust. It has been struggling to recruit enough staff and had planned to shut the A&E unit at the Princess Royal hospital in Telford overnight for that reason, which sparked an outcry. It shelved that plan last week after hiring enough middle-grade doctors and nurses to continue to provide a round-the-clock service.
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