WORKFORCE Peterborough and Stamford hospitals Trust has been criticised by regulators for unsafe staffing levels.

Stamford & Rutland Hospital was on a list of 17 hospitals where inadequate staffing levels have been identified by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).    

The CQC list was released by Labour on 13 January.

The CQC inspection which found the inadequacies took place in August 2012.

Peterborough and Stamford director of care quality and chief nurse Chris Wilkinson said: “Inspectors from the CQC raised moderate concerns that the level of staffing was not always adequate on the John van Geest ward at Stamford and Rutland Hospital from when they visited in August 2012.

“We have been successful in filling several vacant nursing posts. In addition, staffing rosters have been reviewed and modified to ensure adequate staffing levels at weekends and during staff meal breaks.”