Consultants at Mid-Staffordshire hospital warned managers that there were not enough nurses to accompany them on ward rounds, an influential committee of MPs has heard.
The Commons Health Select Committee took evidence from Peter Daggett, consultant physician and endocrinologist at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Daggett said that nurse staffing levels had become so low prior to a highly critical report by the Healthcare Commission, that consultants were doing ward rounds without nurses present.
This meant that they were doing ward rounds without feedback of a nurse about patients’ conditions.
Dr Daggett said: ‘I could not do ward rounds without having a nurse - but it had become the norm not to have a nurse.’
He added that with hindsight, doctors should not have accepted excuses from management that there was no funding for more nursing posts.
‘We should not have accepted their mantra that there [was] no money,’ he added.
The hearing was part of the committee’s ongoing investigation into patient safety.