“Two-fifths of private hospitals in England are failing safety standards”

As waiting lists get longer and bed numbers get fewer, many people in East Devon are now resorting to using their savings to pay for private hospital treatment.

Maybe think twice.

“Two-fifths of private hospitals in England fail to meet expected safety standards, according to a report by health inspectors.

While most independent acute hospitals provide good quality care, inspections by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) raised concerns over the safety and leadership of some services.

The regulator also said “a lack of effective oversight” of consultants with practising privileges was a “major concern”.

The issue had been “brought into sharp focus” by the case of the rogue breast surgeon Ian Paterson, who carried out unnecessary operations in NHS and private hospitals, it added.

The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) said the report “exposes the poorer practices of some independent providers and underlines the need for a renewed focus on improving patient safety”.

Of the 206 independent acute hospitals inspected, 62% were given a “good” rating overall and 8% were described as “outstanding”. However, 30% of private hospitals were deemed to need improvement.

The CQC said it was particularly concerned about safety, with 41% of private hospitals rated as requiring improvement in this area and 1% as inadequate. Almost a third were rated as requiring improvement and 3% as inadequate in terms of how well they were led. …”

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/apr/11/two-fifths-of-private-hospitals-in-england-are-failing-safety-standards

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  1. “As waiting lists get longer and bed numbers get fewer, many people in East Devon are now resorting to using their savings to pay for private hospital treatment.”

    Think about this, because what it is actually saying is “Waiting lists are getting longer BECAUSE bed numbers are fewer and DESPITE many people … resorting to using their savings for private treatment”.

    It is also saying that “many people … resort to using heir savings for private heath” DESPITE “40% of private hospitals fail to meet expected safety” – in other words they are so desperate for treatment that they should receive on the NHS but are not that they are prepared to risk the possibilities of a dangerous private hospital damaging their health further.

    Remember, the only reason that they are closing NHS hospital beds is because they are spending £10bn-£30bn PER YEAR on administration of privatisation – because Conservative Party dogma is to sell everything off regardless of whether it makes sense and regardless of the consequences – and it is usually their ultra-rich party donors (or indeed companies to which they are themselves connected) who win these privatised contracts.

    You should also remember – especially as you take the reluctant decision to spend your own savings on private treatment in a potentially dangerous private hospital – that if you voted Conservative in any of the general elections since 1978 (as I did) and especially if you voted Conservative in any of the last three general elections (which I didn’t), then this is your own fault. The Conservative party sell-off of the NHS started in secret in the late 1970s under Margaret Thatcher, and now 40 years later it is almost complete. You know who you are – and you have only yourself to blame.

    Conservatives – not so much “NHS – safe in our hands” as “NHS – getting our grubby hands on it”.

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