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Three out of 12 hospitals fail to meet essential standards of care of older people, finds watchdog

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 26 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3346
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

Older patients in some NHS hospitals are being left to go hungry and thirsty, and are not being shown the respect they deserve, according to a series of damning reports by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The first 12 reports into care of older people by the CQC examine whether older people receive essential standards of care in NHS hospitals throughout England. They found that three hospitals were failing to meet the essential legal standards. CQC inspectors also had less serious concerns about three other trusts, but found the other six were performing as they should.

At Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, the Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, and Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust the commission found “a bleak story of people not being helped to eat and drink, …

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