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'Unsafe staff levels' at 17 NHS hospitals

Seventeen NHS hospitals are among 26 healthcare providers that are failing to operate with safe staffing levels, the Care Quality Commission has said.

A list published in the Daily Telegraph reveals that the health watchdog issued the hospitals with warnings after carrying out inspections as recently as November last year.

Labour - which released the information - said the findings reflected a "toxic" combination of cuts and reorganisation.

The government said the number of NHS clinical staff had risen since 2010.

Adam Brimelow reports.

  • 13 Jan 2013
  • From the section Health