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Patients at risk in outdated acute care model, CQC chief inspector says

Campaigners say inspectors’ report highlights impact of cuts to urgent and emergency services with demand putting patients at risk

The health service “stands on a burning platform” of an outdated model of acute care that is no longer able to deliver the services needed for modern patients, according to England’s top hospital inspector.

Prof Sir Mike Richards, the Care Quality Commission’s chief inspector of hospitals, said safety remains a “real concern” in the NHS, with wide variations of quality between hospitals and even between services within the same hospitals.

Remarking on the first round of inspections of England’s 136 acute non-specialist trusts and 18 specialist trusts, carried out between 2014-16, he said inspectors had uncovered pockets of “very poor care” in otherwise good hospitals.

“The scale of the challenge that hospitals are now facing is unprecedented,” Richards said. “Rising demand coupled with economic pressures are creating difficult-to-manage situations that are putting patient care at risk.”

Read more in The Guardian.

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