Three of the region's hospitals are understaffed, according to the Care Quality Commission.
The health watchdog has issued Southampton General Hospital, St Anne's House in East Sussex and Princess Royal Hospital in West Sussex with warnings after carrying out inspections .
Labour - which released the information - said the findings reflected a "toxic" combination of cuts and reorganisation.
The government said the number of NHS clinical staff had risen since 2010.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he expected "swift action" to be taken by those named.
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A dull and damp start but it will become drier and brighter from the north this afternoon but stay cold and windy.
A damp and cold night ahead. Valentine's Day will start cloudy but become brighter in the afternoon. Risk of showers along the Kent coast.
Cold and damp tonight with outbreaks of rain. A cold and dull start to Valentine's Day but becoming drier and brighter by the afternoon.