PERFORMANCE: Six members of staff have been disciplined over incidents relating “to poor practice regarding care” of older patients at James Paget University Hospitals Foundation Trust.

The staff were all disciplined in relation to incidents between July and October, according to a statement from the trust.

In September, the trust was criticised by the Care Quality Commission for not meeting the nutritional needs of patients and was subsequently issued with a further warning in November.

Its chief executive Wendy Slaney resigned in December. Its chair John Hemming also left in November, following local political pressure over the issues raised by the CQC.

Hospital spokesman Jon Dack said: “Our aim is to provide the highest quality care for all our patients.

“None of the six sanctions relate to abuse, suspected abuse or neglect of elderly patients however, they do relate to poor practice regarding care.

“The six incidents were reported between July and October 2011 through our own robust systems. You would expect this hospital to take action in those circumstances and we have done so.”

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