Southampton General Hospital ‘understaffed’

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Southampton general hospitalSouthampton General Hospital has been named as ‘understaffed’ by a health watchdog.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has named 17 NHS hospitals that are understaffed.

The report comes after ‘a routine inspection’ on the 2nd and 3rd October 2012, and deems that ‘There were not enough qualified, skilled and experienced staff to meet people’s needs.’

Labour, which obtained the list, have accused David Cameron of imposing a ‘toxic medicine of spending cuts and reorganisation’ on the NHS.

Jeremy-HuntHealth Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:

“Where CQC inspections find NHS and social care providers failing in their legal duties to provide enough staff or appropriate care, we expect swift action to be taken.

“There can be no excuse for not providing appropriate staff levels when across the NHS generally there are now more clinical staff working than there were in May 2010 — including nearly 5,000 more doctors and almost 900 extra midwives.”

Southampton General Hospital is a teaching hospital operated by University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust (formerly known as Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust).

The Trust’s website states that ‘The Trust is a major centre for teaching and research in association with the University of Southampton and partners’.

According to the website:

Every year our 7,500 staff:
-treat around 112,000 inpatients and day patients, including about 50,000 emergency admissions;
-see approximately 375,000 people at outpatient appointments;
-deal with around 110,000 cases in our emergency department.

17 hospitals were named along with Southampton General Hospital in the list of health providers that had inadequate staffing levels.

The complete list of hospitals named were:
Scarborough Hospital; Milton Keynes Hospital; Royal Cornwall Hospital; Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool; Queen’s Hospital, Romford; Stamford & Rutland Hospital; Southampton General Hospital; Croydon University Hospital; Bodmin Hospital, Cornwall; Northampton General Hospital; St Peter’s Hospital, Maldon; Queen Mary’s Hospital, London; Chase Farm Hospital, London; Westmorland General Hospital; Pilgrim Hospital, Leicestershire; St Anne’s House, East Sussex; and Princess Royal Hospital, West Sussex.

The CQC report on the numbers of staff at Southampton General Hospital can be seen here.

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