UPDATED - Fears over patient abuse and management of medicine at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust

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The district’s hospitals must comply with two warning notices issued by a health watchdog over fears for patient safety.

The Care Quality Commission has told Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust to improve the safeguarding of patients from abuse and the management of medicines.

The warning notices have been made public following a string of failings in patient care highlighted in an inspection report published in November.

The CQC inspection, carried out in July, found patients were at risk because of staffing shortages.

The watchdog has been monitoring Mid Yorkshire since publishing its report, which rated the trust as “requires improvement” overall.

Mid Yorkshire must comply with the two warning notices by March 6 or face further action from the CQC.

The watchdog said in a statement: “Following CQC’s comprehensive inspection of the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, published in November 2014, and their continued monitoring of the trust, CQC has issued two warning notices in relation to the management of medicines and safeguarding of patients from the risk of abuse.

“The trust must take action to address both these issues by March 6 2015.

“The CQC will carry out a further inspection to check that the required improvements have been made.”

The trust was rated as “good” for being caring to patients in the CQC’s November report.

But there were not enough nurses to properly care for patients on some wards and staff morale was low.

Stephen Eames, the trust’s chief executive, said: “The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is making good progress in relation to the recommendations of the CQC inspection in July 2014.

“We are committed to improving our services and the quality and safety of care we provide for our patients.”