Almost three quarters of hospitals need to improve their safety record, according to the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which has just reported on the findings of its new, tougher inspection regime which began in April 2014.
Hospitals in the Midlands feature on the list of those failing to provide safe care – Hereford Hospital is being assessed by the CQC against national standards at the moment but was found to be failing against safety responsiveness and leadership targets. In Dudley, Russells Hall Hospital and Corbett Hospital need improvement in safety terms but were effective, caring and well-led.
Sandwell General Hospital and City Hospital in Birmingham also failed to pass safety standards, as did the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford. The George Eliot NHS Hospital in Nuneaton received good ratings except in relation to its safety and leadership.
Hospitals in Worcestershire, Solihull, Wolverhampton, Walsall and Gloucestershire have not yet been rated under the new regime, although Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has been receiving CQC visits following concerns raised under the old regime about A and E and staffing levels.
About half the country’s hospitals have so far been inspected, but those most at risk were looked at first, so the overall picture of hospital safety across the country may well be different as the regime rolls out.
The figures are covered in the CQC’s State of Care report, which also covers GPs’ surgeries and care homes.
The organisation has called on hospitals to get their leadership right to tackle the safety issue, encouraging staff to discuss problems and suggest solutions, dealing with patients’ complaints swiftly and positively and using all feedback from every source to improve services.
Inez Brown, Partner at Medical Accident Group, said: “Safety should be fundamental to all hospitals; if patients are not safe, their treatment and recovery are jeopardised. A commitment to providing the service that patients need and deserve is now required from all hospitals.”
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