NGH denies staffing risks

NORTHAMPTON General Hospital has denied claims in a newspaper report that inspectors labelled it dangerously understaffed.

The hospital was named as one of 17 found by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to be putting patients at risk through low staffing levels.

But Suzie Loader, the director of nursing, said the list, which was compiled by the Labour party, should not have included NGH as the inspectors had only ‘moderate’ concerns after their inspection in July, rather than ‘major’ concerns.

She said: “Northampton General puts patient safety at the top of all that it does and refutes any implication that it has put patients at major risk as a result of staff shortages.”

Since April 2012, the hospital has recruited 301 nurses and healthcare assistants.