A troubled trust, which manages Dewsbury District Hospital, has again been judged unsafe by government inspectors.
Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, which runs the Dewsbury complex and two other hospitals, was rated ‘inadequate’ for its safety following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Staff shortages were said to be affecting patients.
The trust, which was rated ‘inadequate’ for its safety and ordered to improve following an inspection last year, was again rated ‘requires improvement’ overall in the latest report, published today.
While the Trust was rated ‘good’ for its caring attitude to patients, its management, effectiveness and responsiveness were rated ‘requires improvement’.
CQC Chief Hospitals Inspector, Prof Mike Richards, noted that while the trust had made ‘clear improvements’, staff shortages were affecting patients.
Following the latest inspection in June, Prof Richards said: “Inspectors found that the trust had responded to previous concerns around staffing levels and was actively recruiting to fill posts.
“However, there were not enough nurses on some wards and this was impacting on patient care and treatment, particularly on the medical wards, community inpatient services and services provided by the specialist palliative care team.”
MYHT, which also runs Wakefield Pinderfields Hospital and Pontefract General Infirmary, was criticised for delays between referrals and treatment and its infection control.
Prof Richards said: “Patients continued to experience delays between being referred and receiving treatment, patients awaiting medical care were being placed on surgical wards as a result of bed shortages.
“Although most areas of the trust visited were clean, inspectors found some areas at Pinderfields Hospital and Dewsbury District Hospital where infection control procedures had not been followed.”
MYHT was, however, praised for clearing its backlog of overdue appointments and improved work culture.
The trust said it had taken on an extra 100 nurses and was rolling out a £1.2m recruitment drive next year.
MYHT chair Jules Preston said: “The story of this report is one of continued progress and an encouraging cultural shift.
“Of course we would like to see the trust performing to the very highest standards in all that we do but set against financial constraints and increasing demand, we have made demonstrable achievements.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day and we still have much to learn from the CQC’s findings but I do believe the changes we have made since the inspection mean we are now providing a safe service.”