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HCSA calls for action on shortages and stress after CQC ‘burning platform’ warning

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Hospital doctors’ union the Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association has today urged action to ease unsafe pressure on staff following Care Quality Commission review findings that 11% of English hospital Trusts were rated as inadequate on safety and 70% required improvement.

The CQC report also highlighted some positive aspects in relation to leadership and that staff were good at providing care with compassion.

However, Chief Hospital Inspector Sir Mike Richards commented that the “NHS stands on a burning platform and the need for change is clear.”

In response Eddie Saville, General Secretary of HCSA – The Hospital Doctors’ Union, said: “Consultants and specialists are working tirelessly seven days a week to care for and treat their patients against a worrying backdrop of major consultant shortages, and growing pressure to meet the increasing demands placed on them.

“We reported over a year ago about the workplace stress affecting senior hospital doctors and the CQC report shows that the situation is still unresolved.

“A change is indeed required – it’s time to listen to the voices of those who work in the service and take note of the growing concerns of staff and patients over the crisis facing our NHS.”