Hospital watchdog finds ‘huge variation’ in care

Jon Manel reports 6th April 2014 for the BBC: Hospital watchdog finds ‘huge variation’ in care

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”……


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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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