Click video. It's presumed that paying to go private for healthcare will buy you the best care possible - but a damning report into a private hospital in the South has found a catalogue of failings that put lives in danger. Liz Wickham reports.
Ian Biggs, Deputy Director of Operations (South) Care Quality Commission, explains the findings of a report into Mount Alvernia Hospital.
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.
A report about the Care Quality Commission's inspection of the BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital in Guildford was due to be published today, but was delayed after the hospital made last-minute representations on two issues, the watchdog said.
– A spokesman for the Care Quality Commission
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.
Following a suspension of children's surgery by the BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital in Guildford after a Care Quality Commission inspection, BMI says the failings have been "fully addressed".
– Chief executive of BMI Healthcare Stephen Collier
The hospital's practices let BMI and our patients down and I apologise for that. In 2012 we were not maintaining the high standards that we and our regulators demand at Mount Alvernia.
However our staff responded selflessly and, with a strengthened team and support from our national clinical experts, have ensured that the failings identified at the turn of the year are now fully addressed and that the hospital continues to provide the high quality care for which it is known and which prevail across our other hospitals.
A private hospital in Surrey 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, to "protect people coming to harm" following an inspection between December 2012 and January 2013.
In response, the hospital has voluntarily suspended children's surgical admissions and apologised for the "entirely unacceptable" failings.