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Patients harmed after doctors ‘failed to respond’ to nurse concerns


Two patients at a hospital in West Lancashire came to “avoidable harm” after medical staff failed to act on concerns raised by nurses, according to a health watchdog.

The issue was highlighted by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following an inspection of children and young people’s services at Ormskirk Hospital in July and August.

In there report CQC stated: “In children and young people’s services we found evidence that there had been occasions when medical staff had not responded to nursing concerns, which led to avoidable harm occurring to two patients.”

The document added that the two serious incidents, which had both been reported by staff, were "relating to babies".

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Source: The Nursing Times, 3 December 2019

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