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16 July 2013, 10:44
Tameside General Hospital is being heavily criticised for a series of failings following an investigation by one of the most senior members of the NHS.
The hospital in Ashton-under-Lyne is described as having "suboptimal standards of care across the organisation".
It is said to have had "poor supervision of junior doctors by consultants'' and "insufficient nurse staffing levels on the wards".
Some patients were also treated in inappropriate areas and the response to patient complaints is said to have been "slow and lacking in compassion".
A number of examples of patients' experiences were highlighted, including one with the highly contagious C. difficile who was put on a bay with six other patients, putting them at risk of potentially fatal infection.
Another patient with an allergy to penicillin had warned staff but was still given the drug.
In another case a patient with faecal incontinence had to be cleaned up by relatives as staff were too busy.
Bosses at Tameside are expected to release a statement later today.