Royal Blackburn Hospital: Extra staff for troubled hospital

Royal Blackburn Hospital East Lancashire NHS Foundation Trust was placed under special measures following the Keogh review

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More than 100 nurses and 22 doctors have been taken on at the Royal Blackburn Hospital after a highly critical report.

The East Lancashire Hospitals Trust was placed in special measures following a report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in December.

It found the trust was failing to meet three out of four national standards in the Accident and Emergency department.

Jim Birrell, interim chief executive said improvements were "encouraging".

He said: "Our priority is to provide safe, personal and effective care for all patients" with "very committed staff".

The East Lancashire Hospitals Trust, which also runs Burnley General Hospital and employs more than 7,000 people, was placed in special measures after NHS England's Sir Bruce Keogh's investigation into hospital death rates.

Since the report, the trust has appointed a new interim chief executive, chairman, medical director and nursing director.

Christine Pearson, nursing director, said they were still short on numbers despite recruitment continuing over the last 12 months.

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