AN "urgent" review of safety at Stafford Hospital is to be carried out by regulator the Care Quality Commission after the Trust Special Administrators running the Mid Staffs Trust raised concerns about the "fragility" of services.
Problems in recruiting and retaining staff have caused the latest crisis.
In a statement the TSAs said: “The fragility of the trust’s services, due to staff recruitment and retention, has been a constant and well-documented issue which first emerged prior to the appointment of the TSAs.
“Since the start of the TSA process in April 2013, the TSAs have been working with Monitor and local providers to address the issue. However it has now become a significant challenge.
“In such circumstances it is good NHS practice to ensure that all other relevant bodies, such as the CQC, are informed appropriately of any such issues which may affect the provision of safe patient services.”
CQC chief inspector of hospitals Sir Mike Richards said: “CQC has been approached by Monitor, the Trust Development Authority, the TSA and by both Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust and University Hospitals North Staffordshire Trust to undertake an urgent review of the safety of acute services at Stafford Hospital. CQC has agreed to this request.”
The trust is due to be dissolved later this year with its responsibility for its services being split between the University Hospitals of North Staffordshire Trust and Royal Wolverhampton Hospital Trust.