Hospitals in Wales are to undergo dignity spot checks, ministers have said.
The Welsh Government said last week that it would be asking the watchdog Healthcare Inspectorate Wales to undertake “targeted spot checks to ensure dignity in care is at the top of health boards’ priorities”.
The move is in response to concerns raised by the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales earlier this year. It follows similarly critical reports in England from the health service ombudsman and the Care Quality Commission, which has already been carrying out hospital inspections targeted at the care of older patients.
The Care Quality Commission last week published its fourth batch of 15 reports on inspections at 100 hospitals, focusing on whether older people were treated with dignity and respect, and received proper nutrition.
Two trusts - Bedford Hospital Trust and Stockport Foundation Trust - were found to be failing to meet essential standards of quality and safety.