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Improved staffing levels at Bradford hospitals

Patients in Bradford are benefiting from increased staffing levels at their local hospital, particularly in accident and emergency, following a Monitor investigation.

Monitor originally launched its investigation into how health services at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are run, after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) raised concerns over staffing levels.

The trust, which provides a range of services to patients at the Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke’s Hospital, has hired 135 extra nurses as well as 4 new A&E consultants.

Following improved staffing levels and steps being taken to improve how the trust is run, Monitor has closed its investigation.

Frances Shattock, Regional Director at Monitor, 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.

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.

The regulator will continue working with the trust and will take further regulatory action if needed.

NHS foundation trust directory: Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Published 7 May 2014