The UK’s Care Quality Commission (CQC) has called for a system-wide response to combat the failings of NHS acute hospitals and provide a good standard of care to older people.

Unannounced inspections of hundred of NHS acute hospitals took place between March and June 2011, revealing around half of the hospitals needed to do more to ensure they were meeting people’s needs, with twenty of the hospitals failing to meet essential standards required by law.

Inspectors found that of the 100 hospitals inspected, 45 hospitals were meeting the essential standards relating to both dignity and nutrition, 35 met both standards but needed to make improvements in one or both areas, while 20 hospitals did not meet one or both standards with major concerns identified.

During the initial inspections, two hospitals were identified as having major concerns – Sandwell General Hospital, in West Bromwich, and Alexandra Hospital in Worcestershire.

A follow-up unannounced inspection to Alexandra Hospital found that action has been taken to address CQC concerns and the hospital is now meeting essential standards, while at Sandwell General, patient dignity was not always respected.

CQC inspectors also revisited James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in September having originally identified moderate concerns around both dignity and nutrition and found older people were not being given appropriate support to eat and drink.

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData
Visit our Privacy Policy for more information about our services, how we may use, process and share your personal data, including information of your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.