A Care Quality Commission (CQC) review reports that three-quarters of hospitals visited under its new inspection regime so far have shown some safety problems. Safety remains an issue across both the NHS and care sectors in England, there being noteworthy patient safety problems in many hospitals; although many institutions could learn from the best performing examples.
The new CQC inspection regime so far has revealed that over 40% of care and nursing homes and home care services had problems with safety. One third of GP services had some problems with safety.
13% of hospitals were judged unsafe. 10% of social care services were judged unsafe and 6% of GP services were judged unsafe.
Overall, the CQC report indicates 74% of hospitals have shown some safety problems. 43% of social care services have shown safety problems. 31% of GP services have shown safety problems.
Triggle, N. (2015). Safety ‘big concern’ in NHS and care. London: BBC Health News, October 15th 2015.
This relates to:
The state of health care and adult social care in England 2014/15. London: Care Quality Commission, October 14th 2015.
There is also an Executive Summary.
Further analysis from BBC News:
Triggle, N. (2015). Are three-quarters of English hospitals really unsafe? London: BBC Health News, October 15th 2015.
Jargon Buster: A Patient Safety Glossary
A general glossary covering concepts, terminology, abbreviations and acronyms relating to patient safety and medical error reduction is available via the United States’ Government-funded AHRQ Patient Safety Net:
Patient Safety Net (PSNet)’s Patient Safety Glossary. [Online]: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Circa 2015.