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Inspectors 'warned of care issues at Tameside Hospital'

Two previously unpublished reviews seen by The Guardian allegedly detail substandard levels of care at Tameside General Hospital in Greater Manchester.

The entrance to Tameside general hospital in Greater Manchester Credit: Google Maps

The paper claims the reports by the NHS' Interim Management and Support team and the North West Utilisation Management Unit, which helps hospitals in the region improve their performance, state that patients have been left in pain and without seeing a doctor for days on end.

The reviews were based on visits in March and April.

The reports are also said to refer to persistent staff shortages, especially at night, and a lack of consultants on wards.

Tameside Hospital has said it has drawn up an action plan to address the issues highlighted, which has been approved by Monitor, the regulator of foundation trust hospitals. It also told The Guardian that some concerns raised by staff "were not able to be substantiated."

Inspectors probe Tameside hospital deaths

Government inspectors have gone into Tameside Hospital today to find out why its death rate is one of the highest in the country.

The hospital is one of four in the north west under the spotlight.

A team of medical experts went in to decide whether the standards of care and treatment are up to scratch.

They'll hear from patients and their familes tonight, as Amy Welch reports

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Tameside Hospital in top ten performing NHS trusts

Tameside Hospital Credit: ITV Granada

Tameside Hospital is in the top 10 of best-performing NHS trusts, according to the cancer charity Macmillian.

The hospital was ranked tenth across England and Wales, based on the feedback from cancer patients' surveys.

Patients at Tameside Hospital who responded to the survey were being treated for cancers including breast, colorectal/gastrointestinal, lung, gynaecological, haematological, head and neck and skin.

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