The Care Quality Commission (CQC) watchdog has slammed Barts Health NHS Trust in east London as “inadequate”.
The trust was placed in special measures after the CQC delivered a damning report on Whipps Cross, one of its hospitals, in March.
But this latest inspection found failings right across Britain’s largest NHS trust.
CQC inspectors went to the Royal London and Newham hospitals in January.
They reported, “Staffing was so problematic at both hospitals that staff-patient ratios were sometimes breached and both hospitals were worryingly reliant on temporary staff.”
The root cause of the crisis is the 2012 merger and the ballooning private finance initiative (PFI) debt.
The four trusts’ combined deficit of £8 million ballooned to over £100 million.
As soon as the trust was formed in 2012 bosses removed 220 posts and downbanded several hundred more, hitting patient care and morale.
The only solution is to cancel the PFI debt and stop and reverse the cuts.