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Tackle Unsafe Conditions At Croydon Hospital

Thursday, November 21, 2013

GMB Calls For Urgent Action Following 'Unsafe' Conditions At Croydon University Hospital

Get nurses back on the ward, stop discharging patients in the night and stop giving out critical care services to the private sector who are endangering the lives of patients says GMB.

GMB, the union for workers in the NHS, responded to the report issued today by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) which calls for 'significant improvements' at Croydon University Hospital.

The report found that there were serious concerns regarding staffing levels in older people's wards, the numbers of discharges made in the evening and the need to make reductions in outpatients waiting times. 

Additionally the GMB was concerned to hear about low staffing levels and the unsatisfactory service provided by Virgin Care, who run the urgent care centre.  It was found that the urgent care service was not safe and the inspection highlighted instances of patients not being sent straight to A&E which resulted in their conditions worsening.

The staff of the hospital however were praised for their enthusiasm and caring and passionate attitudes, this despite the pressures on staff numbers and the further fragmentation of the hospital's service.

Nick Day, GMB Southern Lead NHS Officer, said "We see yet further proof today that the Tory Government is endangering the safety of patients at Croydon University Hospital by hiving off urgent care to Virgin.  It is baffling how a service which is supposed to screen and look after patients who arrive at A&E can be given the opportunity to make money by running down the service and making it unsafe.

There are now over 6,000 less nurses within the NHS since 2010 and the effects on care are clear to see.  It is a credit to the staff that they continue to be noted for their enthusiasm and commitment in the face of this staffing shortage. 

However as we move into winter the GMB calls on the Government to take urgent action.  Get nurses back on the ward, stop discharging patients in the night and most importantly stop giving out critical care services to the private sector who are endangering the lives of patients.”

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Contact Nick Day 07717 510 047 or (020) 8303 3407 or GMB press office 07974 251 823 or 07921 289880

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