An investigation by the Manchester Evening News has exposed huge failings within Greater Manchester’s biggest health trust.
The special report was published online today and has already prompted one Manchester MP to demand a full inquiry into problems at the Pennine Acute NHS Trust.
The Trust runs North Manchester General, Royal Oldham and Fairfield General hospitals and Rochdale Infirmary.
The report revealed a third of children’s beds had been shut down after inspectors warned of unsafe nursing levels and a staffing crisis at North Manchester General’s A&E.
Hospital workers also told the MEN of “appalling” under staffing and bad management that has led to experienced health workers leaving, replaced by more expensive bank and agency staff.
MEN social affairs editor Jennifer Williams led the investigation, delivering a piece to camera as part of the online coverage.
The report will run across nine pages in tomorrow’s print edition.
Rob Irvine, editor-in-chief MEN Media, said: “The problems the Manchester Evening News has exposed across a wide range of health services are a cause for huge concern.
“The superb investigative work done by MEN social affairs editor Jennifer Williams has put this crisis firmly into the public’s consciousness.
“Today’s coverage is just the beginning of a process during which we will hold NHS leaders to account and ensure people get the standard of health care they are entitled to.”