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Mental health services must learn the lessons of CQC report

Published: 21 July 2009

Embargo: 00:01 Tuesday 21st July 2009

Mental health services must learn the lessons of CQC report

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) today commented on a new report by the Care Quality Commission into the West London Mental Health NHS Trust. The report found significant problems at a number of sites including a lack of beds, low staffing levels and serious threats to patient safety.

Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), said:

"Unfortunately this report shows again what can happen to patient care when staffing levels become woefully low. When a quarter of jobs are left unfilled, leaving staff working 15 hour shifts, it simply becomes impossible to deliver the right level of care that patients need and deserve."

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