A SHAMED Midland hospital where at least 400 patients died needlessly due to care failings has been issued a further warning.
Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found low staffing levels in Stafford A&E could compromise patient safety.
Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust was told it must increase A&E staffing levels in June but unannounced visits in September found problems were continuing.
An official warning has now been issued to the Trust, which is currently centre of a pubic inquiry.
While the issue was due to staff absences, contingency plans were not sufficient or robust enough to ensure the safety and welfare of patients, the CQC said.
Andrea Gordon, regional director for the CQC, said: “We were disappointed that when our inspectors returned to Stafford Hospital they found insufficient action had been taken to ensure the staffing issues highlighted were completely addressed.
“We will be making another unannounced visit to the hospital shortly. If we find enough progress has still not been made, we won’t hesitate to use our legal powers to protect the people who use this service.”