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Stafford Hospital boss says temporary measures needed to address growing staffing issues

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 18, 2013

By Robin Scott

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STAFFORD Hospital bosses said they were confident the publication of the administrator’s final report will help resolve ongoing recruitment problems.

Maggie Oldham, chief executive of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are confident that today’s report will mean that staff will want to be part of the future of health services for patients in Staffordshire.

“The period of uncertainty about the future of the Mid Staffs has begun to have a bigger impact on our ability to recruit and retain staff,” she said.

“This means we have difficult decisions to make about what temporary steps we need to take to make sure that we maintain safe staffing levels over the winter period so that the services we provide remain safe and are of the quality we and our patients expect. “

Mrs Oldham said the trust was working with commissioners and other trusts to find solutions to the challenges in the best interests of patients.”

“Any short term measures we decide to take will be temporary and will not undermine the TSAs’ long term proposals.”

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