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CQC’s inspection of private hospitals is inadequate, report says

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 30 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6457
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

An analysis has identified “significant patient safety risks” at private hospitals treating NHS patients in England.

The Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI) analysed data from the first 15 private hospitals to have been inspected under the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) new regime and assessed the level of risk at each institution.1

Among the risks identified were two hospitals where consultant surgeons either had no indemnity insurance or failed to show that they had any despite it being a legal requirement. The report also found seven hospitals where clinical outcomes …

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