Safety at four in five hospital trusts in England is not good enough, inspectors say. Staffing and overcrowding are major concerns – and they warned that patients are at risk as hospitals faced unprecedented pressures. The Care Quality Commission review also highlighted delays getting tests and treatments and poor care of life-threatening conditions such as sepsis. Ministers said the findings should be used to root out poor practices. But inspectors warned some of the problems were beyond the control of hospitals because of rising demands being placed on them.The review of all 136 hospital trusts in the country found 11% were rated as inadequate on safety and 70% required improvement.
Hospital chief inspector Prof Sir Mike Richards said safety remained a “real concern” with many trusts failing to learn when things go wrong.  But he also said he had some sympathy for hospitals given the rising demands being placed on them. “The scale of the challenge that hospitals are now facing is unprecedented – rising demand coupled with economic pressures are creating difficult-to-manage situations that are putting patient care at risk.  “What is clear is that while staff continues to work hard to deliver good care, the model of care that once worked well cannot continue to meet the needs of today’s population.”

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