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One third of independent hospitals rated ‘requires improvement’

One third of independent hospitals rated ‘requires improvement’

Almost a third of independent acute hospital trusts inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) requires improvement
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Almost one in three independent acute hospital trusts inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) requires improvement, the CQC has warned.
 
An analysis by the healthcare watchdog published yesterday (11 April) also revealed that the majority of independent hospitals are providing good care for their patients, with 62% rated as good and 8% rated as outstanding as of 2 January 2018.
 
However, these hospitals differ in quality and clear scope for improvement, said the CQC.
 
Safety concerns
 
The CQC raised concerns with regards to the safety of services provided by these hospitals.
 
After having inspected and rated 206 independent acute hospitals in England, the CQC said that 41% were rated as requires improvement and 1% as inadequate for safety.
 
However, the CQC specified that seven out of the 13 hospitals that had been re-inspected had improved, showing that CQC actions are driving improvements when the feedback they provide is taken on board.
 
Clinical director at NHS Partners Network Dr Howard Freeman said that they will continue to work with the CQC to ensure independent hospitals provide safe care and that ‘it is encouraging that [the report] has found that ‘providers have been quick to respond to inspection findings’, with over half of the independent acute hospitals re-inspected improving their rating’.
 
Safety seen as ‘responsibility of individual clinicians’
 
Commenting on the findings, CQC chief inspector of hospitals professor Ted Baker said: ‘We found that effective leadership at a local level, good staff engagement and a close oversight of the services being provided played a key role in ensuring high quality care.

‘However, our inspections also identified concerns around the safety and leadership of someservices.
 
‘Too often, safety was viewed as the responsibility of individual clinicians, rather than a corporate responsibility supported by formal governance processes.
 
Responding to the findings, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth called on the Government to ensure independent acute hospitals ‘operate with greater transparency’.
 
He said: ‘The Secretary of State insists patient safety is at the heart of his agenda and must now act with a firm hand to ensure private hospitals publish data in line with NHS hospitals.’

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