Aintree Hospital Trust warned over standards fall

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Merseyside hospital bosses have been issued with a formal warning after failing to meet three out of seven national standards in an inspection.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said it was "disappointed" with quality and safety at University Hospital Aintree in Liverpool.

Inspectors said they would be monitoring Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The hospital said it was already working on improvements.

Inspectors assessed the hospital over three days in September.

They found delays in admitting patients due to a lack of bed space, patients with dementia not being properly assessed and unsatisfactory complaint and safety monitoring systems.

Malcolm Bower-Brown, of the CQC, said: "We will not hesitate to take further regulatory action, should this be necessary to ensure patients receive the quality of care and support they are entitled to expect."

The trust is also being investigated by regulator Monitor for failing to meet its superbug and A&E waiting time targets.

A hospital spokesman said: "The CQC inspection team were very rigorous during their visit in September, and we welcome their feedback."

He added that the inspection also found that most patients and relatives spoke positively about their care in a clean environment.

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