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Yorkshire hospital has recruited more than 100 extra nurses

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The regulator Monitor has closed an investigation into staffing levels at Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust.

The body began investigating the trust in January following concerns raised by its fellow regulator the Care Quality Commission.

The CQC served a warning notice against the trust, after noticing “significantly low” staffing levels at accident and emergency department at its Bradford Royal Infirmary site during inspections in September and October last year.

“Patients will welcome the increased number of nurses and consultants”

Frances Shattock

Overall the trust failed to meet four out of six key quality and safety standards reviewed by the CQC, according to a report published on 8 January.

It concluded patients’ safety and health and welfare needs were not being met in A&E – one of the busiest emergency departments in the country – because of insufficient staffing levels.

Inspectors found “shortfalls in nursing staff every day”, when they reviewed the A&E duty rota for nursing staff covering a four-week period.

At the time, Malcolm Bower-Brown the CQC’s regional director for the north, said: “The issues identified at Bradford are unacceptable.”

Monitor said it wanted to see if the CQC’s findings were “symptomatic of wider issues with how the trust is run”.

It noted that the trust had subsequently hired 135 additional nurses and four A&E consultants.

Frances Shattock, Monitor’s regional director for the north, said: “We have taken a very close look at how the trust is being run and why the issues identified by the CQC arose.

“We have now closed our investigation because the trust is taking action to improve the way it is run, and has increased overall staffing levels and strengthened its A&E department,” she said.

“Patients will welcome the increased number of nurses and consultants. We will keep a close eye on the trust to ensure that it takes the other steps it has committed to take,” she added.

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