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20% of NHS trusts may be 'covering up' mistakes

One in five NHS trusts may not be being open and honest about the numbers of patient safety incidents that occur in their hospitals, health officials have said.

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Only 18% of NHS trusts get 'good' reporting rating

Only 17.7% of NHS trusts were given a 'good' rating for their culture of reporting safety concerns, according to figures on the new government web page devoted to patient safety.

The majority of trusts (61.7%) were rated 'OK', while 20.6% were described as "poor" at reporting safety issues such as understaffing on wards.

Less than one in five NHS trusts got a 'good' rating for reporting problems. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A Department of Health spokeswoman made clear that a 'poor' rating' did not mean a deliberate 'cover-up' but could be down to "many reasons".

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