The Care Quality Commission says it's inspectors felt concerned that staff members didn't feel they could safely report concerns without fear of reprisals.
Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has told the CQC that improvements will be made after the hospital failed to meet eight of the nine standards when reviewed.
The Care Quality Commission is calling for an urgent review of care at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough. It's told the Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that urgent improvements need to be made to protect patients.
CQC has issued six formal warning notices to the trust following an unannounced inspection at which it failed to meet eight of the nine national standards which were reviewed.
Inspectors found that:
- On the Acute Medical Ward care given to patients was below standard on a number of occasions
- Patient's dignity and privacy was not always respected
- There were poor standards of cleanliness and inadequate infection control in some parts of the hospital.
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.
The health care watchdog says fewer hospitals are treating patients with respect and dignity.
Newham Hospital met just one of the five basic standards for looking after patients, being criticised for not always protecting patients from abuse, respecting a patient's privacy, or making sure they are eating and drinking. Ronke Phillips reports.
The West London Mental Health Trust which runs the Limes nursing home has said it has taken action after a Care Quality Commission report found that its staff were not trained in dealing with allegations that patients had been abused.
The trust which runs Chase Farm Hospital says it has taken action following a Care Quality Commission report which criticised its staffing levels and record keeping. Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust said a second inspection last month had shown that standards had been improved.