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Not enough nurses at Mid-Yorkshire hospitals say patients

The trust which runs Pinderfields, Pontefract and Dewsbury hospitals has been placed among the worst in the country for patients feeling there aren't enough nurses.

Patients say there are not enough nurses at hospitalsPatients say there are not enough nurses at hospitals
Patients say there are not enough nurses at hospitals

The Care Quality Commission found more than half of patients who took part in a survey, felt there weren't enough nursing staff on duty.

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust says most patients are happy with their care and £1.2m will be used to recruit more nurses.

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Barnsley hospital welcome financial investigation

Health regulator Monitor has announced it will be looking into the finances of Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Bosses at the Trust say they will be carrying out their own investigations, alongside those of Monitor, into the hospital's finances.

On 31 March 2014 the Trust declared a Serious Incident into financial irregularities at the Hospital. Supporting this, the Trust has also commenced both internal and external investigations into our how our finances have been managed. Monitor, our Regulator, has announced that it will be carrying out its own investigation into the Trust’s finances and also our performance against the national four-hour wait target. We will be working in partnership with Monitor and will be fully co-operating with its investigation.

The Trust would like to reassure patients that services are in no way affected by its financial position and patient care continues as normal.

– Barnsley Hospital spokesperson

Barnsley hospital to be investigated

Health sector watchdog Monitor has launched an investigation into Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust following concerns about the trust’s finances and over A&E waiting times.

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to be investigated
Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to be investigated Credit: Press Association

The trust has breached the national A&E quarterly target five times in an 18 month period.

Its financial performance has also deteriorated with the consequence that it reported a deficit of £2.3m in February 2014.

Monitor will examine whether the trust is operating in breach of its licence to provide health care services and will take action if it is needed, to put things right.

Frances Shattock, Regional Director for the North at Monitor, said:

“We are opening this investigation because we want to understand why the trust is facing problems in its A&E and with its finances so that we can help it to improve and provide a good quality service for local people.

“We expect the trust to take rapid action to address its problems whilst an investigation is ongoing. If necessary, we will not hesitate to take regulatory action.”

Lincolnshire A&E proposals announced

New proposals could mean Lincolnshire is served by one A&E unit and a network of A&E locals.

After the Keogh report said that patient safety was being compromised in the county the proposals represent an attempt to save money while ensuring patients receive the best possible care.

As well as setting up a single main A&E department to cover the whole county, the plans propose consolidating midwifery and obstetric clinics currently at Lincoln County and Boston Pilgrim on to a single site.

They would also include the construction of a "purpose built paediatric unit" in a central location such as Sleaford and children's services elsewhere in the county moving to a single facility.

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Bassetlaw Hospital wins award

The Assessment and Treatment Centre (ATC) at Bassetlaw Hospital in Worksop has won a national NHS award.

The ATC is led by consultant physicians who have a greater, hands-on role seeing patients and deciding how their care should be managed seven days a week.

It means that patients who arrive at Bassetlaw Hospital needing a longer assessment or treatment will receive the same high quality of care no matter what day of the week it is.

Debate on the future of the NHS

People in Leeds are being encouraged to have their say on the future of the NHS by taking part in a campaign called Call to Action.

The campaign is being led by the three clinical commissioning groups in Leeds - NHS Leeds North CCG, NHS Leeds South and East CCG and NHS Leeds West CCG.

Call to Action Leeds is part of a national debate to make sure that the NHS is ready to face the challenges of tightening budgets, an ageing population and an increase in demand for

There are a number of ways for local people to get involved including a drop in event at Leeds City Museum on Wednesday 27 November between 10:30am-12:30pm or 1:30pm- 3:30pm.

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