A report has revealed that half of all NHS hospitals and nursing homes are failing in their objective of giving their patients safe and effective treatments. The CQC, Care and Quality Commission, has found that only 51% of all nursing homes, and the same percentage of nursing homes, were completely compliant with the standard that calls for safe, appropriate and effective care for the patients.
.The watchdog for health and social care are moderately concerned about 26 % of hospitals in the NHS, and had major concerns about 7%. In the analysis it made of care in the year 2011/12, the regulator found that 61% of nursing homes and 62% of hospitals were meeting the required standards for safely handling medicines. However, 29% of the former and 28% of the latter where failing to meet the nutritional needs of their patients.
It did say though that the NHS has made significant progress in reducing the mixed sex wards and also praised their efforts in tackling the superbugs. Dame Jo Williams, the chairwoman of CQC, has said that this report paints a valuable picture of the access people have to the care services, the control and choices they have when using these services and also the quality of care that’s provided.
She also said that in the next few years we would all see that the landscape of care was changing, and that they were committed to maintain the focus in the compliance of NHS hospitals and nursing homes in meeting the essential standards set for both quality and safety.