Scarborough Hospital has been named as one of 17 NHS hospitals in England failing to operate with safe staffing levels.
Health watchdog the Care Quality Commission issued the hospitals with warnings in November after carrying out inspections.
About 16 per cent of hospitals failed to come up to the necessary level. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he expected “swift action” to be taken by those named.
However, a spokesperson for York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which manages Scarborough Hospital, said they were “surprised” by the article published in the Sunday Telegraph.
They said: “It offers no explanation of the specific circumstances relating to the Care Quality Commission’s findings.
“We believe this refers to a spot check in October 2012 in which one small area was visited. The area was being used as a temporary escalation ward, and following discussion with the commission we increased staffing for that area during the night. At no time was any patient put at risk.
“Since July 2012 Scarborough Hospital has been managed by York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and overall as an organisation we have a strong reputation for patient safety and for the quality of the services we provide. “This was underlined by the commission’s most recent inspection last week, where we received verbal assurance that they have no concerns with either York or Scarborough Hospital in relation to staffing levels.”