England’s leading hospital inspector has warned that four out of five hospitals trusts are providing inadequate patient safety.
Hospitals that received better ratings tend to be better at balancing budgets, the report said.
Professor Sir Mike Richards, chief inspector of hospitals at the Care Quality Commission, said the NHS is running on outdated care. He cautioned in the foreword of his report that there were “pockets of very poor quality care”.
The report showed that overall 81 per cent of non-specialist trusts were found to require improvements in safety or inadequate.
Sir Mike Richards said: “The model of acute care that worked well when the NHS was established is no longer capable of delivering the care that today’s population needs.”
An HNS spokesman said the CQC was “right to argue for the more profound changes now being planned in how acute hospital care is delivered across England.
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