Nurses drafted into Mid Staffordshire trust

Nurses are being immediately drafted into Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust following a report into its high death rates.

Dr David Colin Thome (Photograph: Rob Clayton)
Dr David Colin Thome (Photograph: Rob Clayton)

A group of agency nurses will work on wards 10, 11 and 12 to ensure numbers are at the right level.

A night matron will be recruited to ensure that high standards of care are monitored and maintained at night and a professional development nurse will be brought in to support nurse training.

The report was written by primary care czar Dr David Colin-Thome and Professor Sir George Alberti, England’s national clinical director for urgent and emergency care.

Conservative shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley said: ‘These reports do not sufficiently scrutinise what went wrong in Mid Staffordshire. Nor do they make a clear case for change. They are neither open nor independent enough.’

BMA chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum said: ‘It is clear that a shortage of nursing and medical staff was a key factor in the poor quality of care that patients received at Stafford Hospital.

It is essential that there are enough doctors and nurses to provide patients with the level of care they deserve. Targets, applications for foundation status and budgets must never interfere with patient care. The culture must change to one that puts patients first.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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