RCPCH responds to CQC report on state of care

Today, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published its analysis of the quality and safety of care provided by independent acute hospitals across England.

CQC has inspected and rated over 200 independent hospitals in England, at an overall level, for their core services and for how ‘safe’, ‘caring’, ‘effective’, ‘responsive to people’s needs’ and ‘well led’ they are.

In its national report, CQC has revealed that the majority of independent acute hospitals are providing high quality care for their patients. As of 2 January 2018, 62% were rated as good and 8% were rated as outstanding.

Responding to the CQC’s ‘The state of care in independent acute hospitals’ report, Dr Simon Clark, Workforce Officer for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), said:

“Whilst 49% of children’s services when provided in the independent sector were rated as good and 11% as outstanding, this report also shows that 38% required improvement and 3% graded as inadequate.

"Independent sector hospitals who provide children’s care need to be aware of the standards required to care for children effectively. This means providing the training and competencies required, including safeguarding awareness."