Hospital Staffing Levels Criticised

Three hospitals and two mental health centres in the Midlands are "dangerously understaffed", according to the Care Quality Commission.

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Bradgate Mental Health Unit: Annual spend on staff has increased since 2011

In a statement, the Bradgate Mental Health Unit, said that it has increased its annual spend on staff by £600,000 each year since 2011.

“Patient safety is the utmost priority for our Trust. The Care Quality Commission, after their routine inspection in October, was satisfied that our ward staffing levels are right and in place. The Trust increased its annual spend on mental health staffing by over £600,000 in August 2011, employing additional staff for the Bradgate unit.

“The temporary absence of non-nursing therapeutic staff when the CQC conducted its inspection did not and does not relate to patient safety, but would enhance patient experience. We are taking action to respond to the inspection by improving the availability of therapeutic activities and have now recruited specialist workers to do this.

"The Trust is also set to open a new £5.2m 20-bed mental health ward in April this year at the Bradgate Unit. The ward is part of the Trust’s ambition to create a Centre of Excellence bringing major improvements to the hospital environment and support the work underway to improve patient care and the experience of the people who use services. The total Centre of Excellence project is worth £23 million and has been underway since 2009 and has created five new wards and a new Involvement Centre at the Bradgate site."

– John Short, Chief Executive, Bradgate Mental Health Unit

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