Acute and specialist hospital trusts are often failing to deliver the expected standard of care, according to a new report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
The regulator has completed inspections of all 136 acute non-specialist and all 18 specialist trusts in the country, showing variation both in the quality of care between hospitals and between individual core services within the same hospital.
“NHS care quality is experiencing considerable variability, with most hospitals not delivering the expected standard, according to a new CQC report.“
Critical care services and services for children and young people have received the most ratings of good and outstanding, with 66 percent and 68 percent achieving these ratings, respectively.
Conversely, of all the core services CQC rates, urgent and emergency services received the highest number of inadequate ratings at nine per cent, followed by medical care at five per cent.
Of particular concern was the fact that 11 percent of the 136 hospital trusts were rated as inadequate on safety, while 70 percent required improvement. Professor Sir Mike Richards, chief inspector of hospitals for the CQC, said this shows how the NHS "now stands on a burning platform".
However, he added: "Transformational change is possible, even in the most challenging of circumstances - we have witnessed it, and seen the evidence that making practical changes to the way that care is delivered can benefit patients."
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