The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust is falling short of 11 of the 16 essential safety and quality standards, the UK’s Care Quality Commission (CQC) has said.

The watchdog said it had minor concerns about eight key standards, and moderate concerns about three, the management of medicine, supporting workers and complaints.

It added the number of medication-related incidents increased from 339 in 2008/09 to 403 in 2009/10, and about 45% of the prescriptions had a recording error.

Trust managers have been given 28 days to provide a plan of action to address the concerns.