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A private hospital in Surrey has suspended children's surgery, after the health watchdog raised "serious concerns" about the safety of patients there. The Care Quality Commission demanded immediate improvements.
Liz Wickham reports.
After failings reported by the CQC, BMI's Chief Executive Stephen Collins said he has written to patients who may have been affected by a "particular incident".
He added that BMI have reviewed its other hospitals and found "no similar issues".
A report about the inspection was due to be published today by the CQC, but was delayed after the hospital made last-minute representations on two issues, the watchdog said.
A spokesman for the CQC said "Following the inspection CQC raised serious concerns with the provider and formally warned them that immediate improvements were required to protect people from coming to harm._
"As a result of our concerns being raised with them, BMI agreed to voluntarily suspend children's surgical admissions at the hospital and to start making other changes required."We have continued to monitor the hospital closely. Full details of our inspection will be published shortly."
The hospital has apologised for the "entirely unacceptable" failings after the inspection in December 2012 and January 2013.
A private hospital has suspended children's surgery after the health watchdog raised "serious concerns" about the service.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) demanded immediate improvements at the BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital in Guildford, Surrey, to "protect people coming to harm" following a recent inspection.