Concern over hospital security

Hospital managers were told to sharpen security after health inspectors walked unchallenged into a children's ward. The inspectors from the Gloucestershire Community Health Council (CHC) found door locks were broken and CCTV cameras were not being monitored during their unannounced visit to Cheltenham General.

One inspector was so concerned she told the BBC she would not want to have her baby on the ward.

Irena Kate-Magil of the CHC said: "We don't want to cause panic, this is just to make sure there is no risk of abduction.

"The health authority needs to take on board that there may be probems with security."

A spokesman for the trust said security was under constant review, but patient care was its first priority.

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Published: 2003/05/06 17:51:21 GMT