Mid Yorkshire Hopsitals Trust told to act over patient safety

Pinderfields Hospital
Pinderfields Hospital

The district’s hospitals must comply with two warning notices issued by a health watchdog over fears for patient safety.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has told Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust to improve the safeguarding of patients from abuse and the management of medicines.

The warning notices have been made public following a string of failings in patient care at the trust, which runs Pinderfields, Pontefract and Dewsbury hospitals, highlighted in an inspection report published in November.

The CQC inspection, carried out in July, found patients were at risk because of staffing shortages.

The watchdog has been monitoring Mid Yorkshire since publishing its report, which gave the trust a rating of “requires improvement” overall.

Mid Yorkshire must comply with the two warning notices by March 6 or face possible further action from the CQC.

The watchdog said in a statement: “Following CQC’s comprehensive inspection of the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, published in November 2014, and their continued monitoring of the trust, CQC has issued two warning notices in relation to the management of medicines and safeguarding of patients from the risk of abuse.

“The trust must take action to address both these issues by March 6 2015.

“The CQC will carry out a further inspection to check that the required improvements have been made.”

The November report praised some services at the trust.

But there were not enough nurses to properly care for patients on some wards and staff morale was low.

Stephen Eames, the trust’s chief executive, said: “The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is making good progress in relation to the recommendations of the CQC inspection in July 2014.

“We are committed to improving our services and the quality and safety of care we provide for our patients.”

- A CQC team carried out a full routine inspection of the trust’s services in July and published series of reports in November which ordered improvements.

- The trust was rated as “good” for being caring to patients in the CQC’s November report.

- It was also praised for community and end of life care, which was rated “outstanding” for being caring.

- But staff shortages at hospitals raised fears for patient safety.