Safety standards not met by 7 in 10 hospital trusts

An analysis of inspection reports by the Observer found that patient safety is frequently at risk in NHS hospital trusts in England, with 70% of them failing to meet national safety standards, with staff shortages the biggest problem.

The reports by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) reveal that managers at one trust failed to act on staff reports of abuse and violence, while a shortage of critical beds at another trust led to three serious incidents resulting in patient harm.

An assessment of 148 acute and general hospital trusts, found that safety standards at 96 are rated as “requires improvement” and six are rated inadequate, the lowest category. The others are rated good, with none outstanding.

Full story in The Observer, 8 September 2019