Ofsted-style ratings for hospitals

Jeremy Hunt will pledge an overhaul of the current inspection regime today, which he says promotes poor care as it gives institutions little incentive to improve.

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CQC report found 'failings in NHS care'

Last week the Care Quality Commission watchdog found standards so poor that one in five care homes do not even feed residents properly.

Standards in care have been dropping, the report found Credit: PA Wire

Fifteen per cent of hospitals and 20 per cent of care homes failed to meet minimum standards on ensuring residents had enough food and drink, and the help they needed to consume it.

Ten per cent of NHS hospitals and 15 per cent of nursing homes failed to meet standards on treating patients with dignity and respect.

Ofsted style ratings 'will push up standards'

  • The plan is to replace minimum standards with a grading system similar to Ofsteds, which ranks schools inadequate, satisfactory, good or outstanding.
  • Under the plans, there will be separate ratings for each individual care home, and probably for individual hospital departments rather than the whole institution.
  • This will enable patients to know that while a hospitals cardiology unit may be good, its maternity wards may be poor.

Hunt wants overhaul of the inspection regime

Jeremy Hunt will pledge an overhaul of the current inspection regime, which he says promotes poor care as it gives institutions little incentive to improve.

The current system can encourage a tick box mentality, says Hunt Credit: PA Wire

Mr Hunt believes the current system - under which trusts and care homes are merely told whether or not they meet certain minimum standards - can encourage a tick box mentality which leads to poor care.

He believes it can discourage complacent managers from continuing to improve standards once they have passed the minimum bar.

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Hunt to introduce 'Ofsted style' ratings for hospitals

Jeremy Hunt has announced plans to overhaul the current hospital inspection regime by introducing Ofsted-style ratings in a drive to root out 'bog standard' performance.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt Credit: PA Wire

The Health Secretary will set out his plans to conduct a study into the most simple way to give public information on their local hospitals and care homes, reports the Daily Mail.