Southport and Formby & District General Hospital and Ormskirk General Hospital were inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Staff skill levels in A&E at both sites fell below those needed to provide “a consistently safe service”.
And maternity services at Ormskirk were rated “inadequate” by the CQC.
The North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre, based at Southport, was also found to be inadequate, with staffing levels “significantly lower” than national guidelines recommend.
There was a “lack of suitably qualified, skilled and experienced staff to meet the needs of the patients,” the report said.
However, the inspectors said they saw “many examples” that showed staff were “caring, compassionate and treating patients with dignity, even when they were working under significant pressure”.
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