National Health Service (NHS) patients in the UK are subject to a consistent pattern of shocking standards of care, according to a new report.

The Patients Association report found that 2% of patients treated by the NHS between 2002 and 2008 were denied basic care and left in unhygienic conditions.

Elderly and terminally ill patients suffered from inadequate diet, late diagnosis, cancelled operations, repeated falls and inaccurate referrals, and were often left in soiled bedclothes, the report said.

The UK-based charity has called on the government and the Care Quality Commission to conduct an immediate review of the standards of hospital care being received by patients.