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UK: CQC Report on Independent Acute Hospital Sector

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Independent News writes: Two out of five private hospitals in England are failing to meet safety standards intended to protect the public from harm, health inspectors have found. A report on the independent acute hospital sector by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found most hospitals were providing good quality care to patients, but said there were serious concerns about safety and leadership. The CQC warned that the lack of “effective oversight” of consultants working for these hospitals but not formally employed by them was a “major concern”, calling for the private sector to be required to report similar safety and quality data as the NHS, for example on unexpected deaths. The report provides the first comprehensive analysis of the quality of care provided by independent acute hospitals since the CQC introduced an inspection program in 2015.

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