ACCORDING to the ongoing Care Quality Commission review which started in April 2014 and will run until April 2016, nearly three-quarters of British hospitals visited so far appeared to have safety problems.
In addition, more than 40 per cent of care and nursing homes as well as home care services and 30 per cent of GP services also had problems with safety, with the main cause being identified as shortage of staff in hospitals in particular.
Inspectors labeled this as a “significant concern” with particular problems in hospitals
Some examples of the shortcomings highlighted included, A&E patients being kept on trolleys overnight in a portable unit without proper assessment and staff at a GP surgery not undergoing basic life-support training in the previous 18 months.
This interim report covers 12 months and in that time, more than 5,000 organisations have been inspected of which nearly half were hospitals but it is stressed that those considered most likely to have problems were targeted first so figures may well improve once the entire project is completed.
The review indicates that in the period under review, 13 per cent of hospitals, 10 per cent of social care services and 6 per cent of GP services were considered unsafe.