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Two out of five private hospitals failing on patient safety

41% of private hospitals in England do not meet safety standards intended to protect the public from harm.

A report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found that most hospitals were providing good quality care to patients, but said there were serious concerns about safety and leadership in the independent acute hospital sector.

A lack of "effective oversight" of consultants working for these hospitals but not formally employed by them was of “major concern”, warned the CQC.

Of the 206 independent acute hospitals that were inspected, the CQC discovered that 41% of private acute hospitals needed to make improvements on patient safety measures, while one per cent

had “inadequate” safety.

The report found an “informal culture” in some operating rooms, not always following surgical standards set out by the World Health Organisation.

It added: "There was a lack of preparedness for patients whose condition could deteriorate."

The Private Healthcare Summit 2018 will examine how the sector can sharpen its focus on putting the customer first, with a dedicated session on patient safety. View the Summit’s full agenda.

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