Magazine article Public Finance

Highly Rated but Unsafe Hospitals Spark Calls for Regulatory Reform

Magazine article Public Finance

Highly Rated but Unsafe Hospitals Spark Calls for Regulatory Reform

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MPs have called for urgent reforms to the health care regulation system after two highly rated NHS trusts were found to be failing to keep patients safe.

The calls came as new data revealed above-average death rates and poor hygiene standards at a number of hospitals, some given high scores by regulators.

NHS regulator the Care Quality Commission published a damning report detailing squalid hygiene standards at Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Taist.

This followed action by foundation trust watchdog Monitor to remove the chief executive of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust after discovering failings including patient safety.

Liberal Democrat healdi spokesman Norman Lamb told Public Finance that the system as it stood was 'disastrous'.

He said: 'There are several national bodies with some responsibility for patient safety - the Care Quality Commission, Monitor, die National Patient Safety Agency, die NHS Litigation Authority, die Healdi and Safety Executive - it ends up with no-one responsible.'

It was 'ridiculous' that two separate bodies were intervening at the same time in Basildon and Colchester, he added. 'It smacks of a degree of competition between two national regulators,' he said. 'There ought tobe one national organisation responsible for patient safety, and it needs to be the CQC.'

However, he went on to describe die CQC, which oversees all health and social care services with die exception of finance and governance in foundation trusts, as a 'monster'. …

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