The standard of care at Tameside Hospital in Greater Manchester has been criticised by two independent expert reviews.
One review, by the NHS Interim Management and Support Team found that up to 8 patients at a time were being managed in corridors rather than wards with delays of up to 2 hours. It was noted that 1 patient had waited 7 hours in a corridor. This is partly due to a lack of staff, particularly in the hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department.
Concerns were also raised by a group of junior doctors about staffing levels at weekends and a lack of supervision by consultants. A group which represents local GP’s found that patients admitted on a Friday night might not be reviewed by a consultant until the following Tuesday. The GP’s are now calling for the Chief Executive and Medical Director to stand down.
A spokesperson for the hospital has confirmed that an action plan to address the issues raised has been developed.