From yesterday’s Echo:
“SOUTHEND Hospital has been ordered to improve over fears staff shortages and a reliance on agency workers is putting patients at risk.
The Care Quality Commission raised concerns about three main areas – medical care, services for children and young people and end of life care – after inspectors visited in January.
In a report, published yesterday, the hospital was given an overall rating of requires improvement.
Out of 28 members of staff interviewed as part of the inspections, 13 expressed serious concerns about staff shortages impacting patient care. Data shown to inspectors revealed a reliance on agency staff, with inconsistent availability.”
Full article here.