Campaigners have criticised a hospital trust where a nurse was allegedly left alone on a ward without cover.
The nurse, who has not been identified, was left alone on Bridlington Hospital’s Thornton Ward because of staff shortages.
According Save Bridlington Hospital Campaign Action Group, the incident occurred on 3 May because of staff cutbacks at Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust.
The trust has refused to hire new nursing staff and has cut back on overtime, according to the group.
Group chairperson Mick Pilling said: ‘Nurses are working under extreme pressure. Patients are not getting the care and supervision that they need in hospital to get better.’
The trust’s chief executive, Iain McInnes, said: ‘On Saturday 3 May 2008 at Bridlington Hospital a qualified nurse reported sick at very short notice potentially leaving one medical area, Thornton Ward, with one qualified nurse for the late shift. Immediate arrangements were made to cover the ward.’