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CQC findings on poor hospital standards are hugely concerning

Published: 28 April 2014

New figures from the Care Quality Commission suggest that a worrying number of NHS hospitals have unacceptable care standards. The CQC, which is the official care standards regulator in England, has reportedly listed 45 hospitals as failing to provide safe care.

Damaging impact of health service pressures

Commenting on the figures, Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive & General Secretary of the RCN, said: “It is hugely concerning that some hospitals are letting patients down like this. We feel this is further evidence of the damaging impact that the pressures on the health service are having on patient care.”

Dr Carter also highlighted that “nurses and health care assistants want to deliver the best possible care for patients but with rising workloads and reduced NHS resources, particularly in staffing levels, there are still serious failings occurring in hospital standards.

“Urgent investment is needed to ensure that the NHS is properly resourced and high quality patient care is provided across the health service.”