James Paget Hospital issued CQC warning over maternity unit

2023-05-31 05:09:49  • 3 mins

An NHS maternity department has been handed a warning notice by the health regulator because of safety failings.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said it was taking the action over the James Paget Hospital in Norfolk to prevent patients coming to harm.

Inspectors found the unit did not have enough staff to care for women and babies and keep them safe.

The hospital, in Gorleston-on-Sea, apologised and said it had made "immediate" improvements.

Inspectors made an announced visit in January and found that the service had deteriorated since the last visit in December 2018.

The maternity department has been deemed "inadequate" by the CQC, which meant the overall rating for the hospital has now dropped from "good" to "requires improvement".

'Avoidable harm'

Between June and November 2022 there were 30 maternity "red flags" that the inspectors found, of which more than half related to delays or cancellations to time-critical activity.

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