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Hospital safety scandal grows as regulator admits 'concerns' at other trusts

By Nigel Praities

The Care Quality Commission has admitted it has concerns about patient safety at a number of trusts, as calls for an overhaul of care in hospitals grow.

The row comes after the regulator raised ‘serious concerns' over mortality rates at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and an independent report from Dr Foster found 12 trusts failing on patient safety.

The Dr Foster report found 5,024 people admitted with low risk conditions died in hospital last year and seven trusts were not compliant with National Patient Safety Agency alerts.

The report prompted health secretary Andy Burnham to order the CQC to ‘immediately establish' if conditions at any trust posed a risk to patients.

A Department of Health spokesperson told Pulse the CQC has reported back today saying it has concerns over ‘a number' of trusts and is continuing to monitor them.

A DH spokesperson said: ‘The CQC have today written to the Health Secretary and assured him that while they are monitoring closely a number of other trusts where they have concerns, at this stage they currently have no evidence that there is another trust in England where they would take action of the kind they have taken at Basildon.

‘The CQC will keep the situation under close review and to report back to the Health Secretary with any further concerns,' she said.

Opposition parties claim the revelations over the weekend prove that the regulation of hospitals is 'fatally flawed'.

Conservative health spokesperson, Andrew Lansley, said: ‘Labour said that their new inspection regime would keep NHS patients safe. It is now clear that regime is fatally flawed.'

‘We have to move away from the flawed system of self assessment to one where inspectors really understand what is going on in our hospitals,' he said.

Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Norman Lamb called for a public inquiry into patient safety in hospitals.

The CQC has said it has concerns about patient safety at a number of hospital trusts

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