PERFORMANCE: George Eliot Hospital is to review staffing levels in its estates department after identifying the poor maintenance as a serious risk.

The trust’s assurance framework gave a “red” rating of 20 – one level off the worst possible score of 25 – to a Care Quality Commission indicator around potential health and safety risks for staff and patients due to “poor maintenance of trust plant and equipment”.

The register said a “negative internal audit” was received in June 2011, which highlighted gaps in control.

It said: “The trust had no policies and procedures in place relating to the planned and preventative maintenance of [the] trust’s plant and machinery.”

The trust’s did not have up to date maintenance contracts in place for all assets that required maintaining, and did not have procedures in place to monitor assets outside a maintenance contract.

The register said the trust would “review the staffing levels within the estates department to ensure the workforce [was] adequated to meet the requirements relating to planned and preventative maintenance”.

A follow-up audit is being completed during August, and will report back in September.