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Ashworth staff crisis is denied.

MANAGERS and staff organisations at Ashworth Special Hospital issued a joint statement last night denying that the hospital is facing a staffing crisis.

It follows claims by two staff members that the secure hospital in Maghull is so short of experienced nurses that there is a risk of a patient revolt.

A meeting was held yesterday between the Prison Officers Association, the management of the Mersey Care NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, and the Ashworth branches of other staff organisations, the Royal College of Nursing, Unison, Amicus and Natfhe, to discuss the claims. Hospital chief operations officer and deputy chief executive Charles Flynn issued a statement on behalf of all the organisations, which said: ``There is no crisis in Ashworth Hospital,nor is there any evidence to indicate there might be a patients' revolt.

``These allegations appear to have been based on the view of just two nameless people.

``Staffing levels and skill mix are discussed regularly at meetings with colleagues within Ashworth Hospital and Mersey Care NHS Trust's joint consultation and negotiation committee.''
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 27, 2004
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