PERFORMANCE: Monitor has closed an investigation into staffing levels at Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust following a significant recruitment drive.

The regulatory body began investigating the trust in January following concerns raised by the Care Quality Commission.

The CQC served a warning notice against the trust, after finding “significantly low” staffing levels in the accident and emergency department at its Bradford Royal Infirmary site during an unannounced inspection carried out in September and October last year.

Monitor said it wanted to see if the CQC’s findings were “symptomatic of wider issues with how the trust is run”.

The trust has since hired 135 additional nurses and four A&E consultants.

Frances Shattock, Monitor’s regional director for the north, said: “We have taken a very close look at how the trust is being run and why the issues identified by the CQC arose.

“We have now closed our investigation because the trust is taking action to improve the way it is run, and has increased overall staffing levels and strengthened its A&E department.

“Patients will welcome the increased number of nurses and consultants. We will keep a close eye on the trust to ensure that it takes the other steps it has committed to take.”