skip to main content

15 October 2015

75% of NHS hospitals ‘not safe enough’

A study from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found three in four NHS Hospitals in England are ‘not safe enough’. The lack of staff, in terms of skill and numbers, has been identified as the major contributing factor.

79 hospital trusts were inspected by the CQC and 61% of the institutions investigated ‘require improvement’. An additional 13% were classified as ‘unsafe’, while there were no hospitals categorised as ‘outstanding’.

Cases of ‘disregard for patient safety’ were found, which included incidents such as incorrect storage of medicine, bad record-keeping and safety checks that were not completed correctly.

The BBC reported the following cases that were flagged in the CQC report:

  • A&E patients being kept on trolleys overnight in a portable unit without proper assessment

  • Staff at a GP surgery not undergoing basic life-support training in the past 18 months

  • Medication mistakes at a care home - including delays giving drugs and signs of overdoses

Katherine Rake, chief executive of patient watchdog, Healthwatch England, described the problems as ‘unacceptable’. “We would now like to see all services operate with the right culture of openness and transparency when things go wrong.”

In 2013, a case was settled at £75,000 after failure to prevent a client from committing suicide when the hospital trust had not correctly diagnosed the deterioration of the patients condition.

Have you been affected by these issues or know someone who may be a victim of hospital negligence? Longden, Walker & Renney have expertise in dealing with similar medical negligence claims. We aim to achieve compensation for the clients we represent to cover any required corrective treatment, in addition to any financial loss you may have experienced as a result.

Call our team of experts on 0191 5666 5000. You can also request a callback via our online enquiry form and we will contact you at a time that suits you. Your first advice session will be free and you will be under no obligation.