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NHS managers covering up issues - whistleblower

Managers at a medical rehabilitation unit are "covering it up" when issues are raised, a whistleblower has said.

The whistleblower claimed Cambridge Rehabilitation Unit (CRU) management bullied staff who flagged concerns over shortages and unsafe practice.

Documents detail claims of "dangerous" staffing levels, patients left in bed all day without therapy and a one-star food hygiene rating.

Through the Freedom of Information Act, the BBC discovered three whistleblowing complaints were made to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) between May and August last year.

The first said wards "run on dangerous levels of staff" and no action was taken when staff flagged concerns.

The second stated there was "bullying occurring from management when staff raise concerns regarding short staffing and unsafe practice".

They said: "When issues relating to patient safety are raised... management are 'covering it up'."

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Source: BBC News, 9 May 2023


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