The chairman of England’s health watchdog has told the BBC there are hospitals “where you would not want to go as a patient”.
David Prior said the Care Quality Commission’s main finding from new inspections had been the “huge variation” between hospitals.
Mr Prior said there was an NHS postcode lottery in standards of care.
He told BBC Radio 4’s PM programme, England had “probably some of the best led, best run hospitals in the world”.
Speaking in an interview to mark his first year at the CQC, Mr Prior said: “In those hospitals where you would not wish to go, you have a very poor damaged culture where employees feel they can’t raise concerns, where patients are not listened to.”
When asked which hospitals he would not want to attend as a patient, he said the CQC had identified a number of hospital trusts as “inadequate”……