The Care Quality Commission has issued a formal warning to University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust in relation to staffing levels on a cardiac ward at Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital.
The trust had been failing to meet three essential standards of quality and safety covering staffing levels, staff training and support, and the overall care and welfare of patients. Providers have a legal responsibility to make sure they are meeting all the essential standards.
The CQC warned the trust that it was facing further enforcement action unless it made improvements to staffing levels on Ward 32. The trust has also been told that it must provide a report within seven days setting out how it will meet the other standards. For full report click here:
CQC issues warning notice to Bristol Children's Hospital in relation to staffing levels following inspection of paediatric cardiac ward
The parents of two children, who died after heart surgery at the Bristol Children's Hospital, told the West Country Tonight recently that they blamed inadequate aftercare, but the hospital trust has strongly rejected their allegations.
There have been eight so-called serious incidents in the same ward last year and today the Care Quality Commission is publishing a report into the incidents.
The hospital watchdog is publishing its report today into complaints of staff shortages at Bristol Children's Hospital.
The Care Quality Commission investigation followed the death of seven-year-old Luke Jenkins and four-year-old Sean Turner following heart operations. The hospital has some of the best surgical results in the country.
The CQC made a surprise visit to the hospital last month in response to concerns raised.