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CQC found safety concerns about half of hospitals and care homes

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The Care Quality Commission had concerns about the safety and care at half of NHS hospitals and care homes providing nursing last year, reveals its latest report on the state of health and social services in England.

The regulator’s annual analysis shows just 51% of NHS hospitals and 51% of care homes were fully compliant with an essential standard demanding “effective, safe and appropriate care” for patients.

Inspectors had “minor concerns” about 16% of NHS hospitals and moderate to major concerns about 33%, says the report, which covers the year up to March 2011.

There were minor concerns about 22% of care homes relating to nursing and moderate to major concerns at about 27%.

Failure to meet the standard was one of the top three reasons why NHS and adult social care providers were served with official compliance or warning notices, said the CQC.

The overview report also shows NHS hospitals and care hospitals were most likely to fall down on standards around risk management with moderate to major concerns about more than a fifth of hospitals and 14% of care homes.

This is the first year the CQC has reported on the state of care under new health and social care legislation – the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

The regulator said the findings were therefore a “baseline” for future reports.

The report also suggested NHS organisations were less good at respecting and involving patients in making key decisions about their care compared to independent providers.

The report shows 71% of NHS hospitals and 70% of care homes with nursing met standards on respect and involvement, compared to 93% of independent hospitals and clinics.

In addition more than 10% of NHS hospitals and care homes with nursing had moderate to major concerns about consent to care and treatment.

CQC chair Dame Jo Williams said the report provided “a valuable picture of people’s experiences of access to care services, the choice and control that they have when using services, and the quality of the care that is provided”.

“The next few years will see a changing landscape in care, but we are committed to maintaining a relentless focus on compliance with essential standards of safety and quality,” she added.

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  • So lets get this straight, was it the "safety and care provided by nurses" As the blurb at the top suggests? Or was it the safety and care provided by trusts and management as the rest of the article suggest??

    Because I am getting pretty damn pissed off with Nurses being blamed for the failings of the NHS outside of our control!

    And when they did find these things, what the hell did they do about it? Issue a statement or two? Oh well done.

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  • Absolutely right, Mike. What we have here is nothing more than anti-NHS, anti-public sector propaganda published in a timely manner just as NHS staff and others are thinking of striking. This piece is one of many that will be published in the days and weeks ahead in an attempt to mislead the public into thinking that the NHS is a failed institution and to further the Governments philosophy: private good, public bad!

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  • tinkerbell

    here here to above comments, they're all it, devious, conniving bastards that they all are. And what have they done about it, fark all!. Have to go now can feel a lot more swear words coming on and need to save my energy to go to work. Just one more, fuggers!

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  • tinkerbell

    CQC chair Dame Jo Williams said the report provided “a valuable picture of people’s experiences of access to care services, the choice and control that they have when using services, and the quality of the care that is provided”.

    “The next few years will see a changing landscape in care, but we are committed to maintaining a relentless focus on compliance with essential standards of safety and quality,” she added

    or to paraphrase 'we are RELENTLESS in trying to save our arses after doing nothing about winterbourne'.

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