Hospital staffing levels are still an issue in Leeds

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Leeds hospital bosses are “confident” staffing issues highlighted by a health watchdog are being dealt with, but have stopped short of saying the problems are solved.

The comments come after a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection found that Leeds General Infirmary and Leeds St James’s Hospital had “inadequate levels” of nursing and medical staff in some areas.

In an update to Leeds City Council’s Health Scrutiny Board last week, Craig Brigg, who is director of quality at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, explained that a lot of time has been spent addressing the report published in July 2014.

The trust has recruited 419 nurses since August and is set to bring in 200 apprentice clinical support workers this year but there is still work to de done.

Mr Brigg said: “Hand on heart there are days when the pressures are great and we would have to make some quite difficult risk-orientated decisions but we are confident we have a robust procedure in place.”

He said that nursing in particular is an area that is “really dynamic” and that staff numbers are being monitored on a weekly basis.

“We are confident we have got systems in place that allow us to keep our wards safe on a day to day basis,” he added.

The CQC’s report stated Leeds’s two main hospitals must improve, while the trust’s smaller hospitals in Chapel Allerton, Seacroft and Wharfedale were rated as ‘good’. All hospitals were found to be clean, with caring staff and patients were generally positive.

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