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Stepping Hill Hospital A&E rated 'inadequate' amid safety fears

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A hospital A&E department has been rated "inadequate" after inspectors found patients at "high risk of avoidable harm".

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) reported a "range of regulation breaches" and a shortage of nurses at Stepping Hill hospital's A&E unit. It also criticised maternity and children's services.

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust's chief executive said the trust had taken "immediate steps" to improve.

The CQC inspected Stepping Hill Hospital in January and February and found A&E performance "had deteriorated significantly" since its last inspection in 2018.

Inspectors found shortcomings "relating to patient-centred care, dignity and respect, safe care and treatment, environment and equipment, good governance, and staffing".

Their report said the service "could not assure itself that staff were competent for their roles" and patient outcomes "were not always positive or met expectations in line with national standards".

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Source: BBC News, 19 May 2020

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