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Private sector hospitals must improve safety, says CQC

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1606 (Published 11 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1606
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Almost a third of private hospitals in England require improvements to the way they deliver care, and safety is the biggest area of concern, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found.

In a report summarising its inspections of 206 independent hospitals in England,1 the regulator said that most were providing good quality care for patients, with 62% rated as “good” and 8% “outstanding.” But it expressed concern at the wide variation around the country, as almost a third were rated as “requires improvement.”

The regulator said that safety was its greatest concern, as 41% of private hospitals were rated as “requires improvement” in this area …

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