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Hospitals fail essential safety standards

Hospitals fail essential safety standards
Jeremy Hunt has insisted that the squeeze on health budgets is not to blame for the “totally unacceptable” standards of care uncovered by a Care Quality Commission report.

The CQC found high numbers of hospitals, care homes and clinics were failing to meet basic safety and quality standards.

Spending cuts, the rising demand caused by an ageing population and increases in patients with multiple illnesses have been cited as possible explanations for the standards, but Mr Hunt denied this.

"There are financial pressures throughout the system, let’s be absolutely clear about that, but there are lots of places who are dealing with those financial pressures without compromising the quality of care," the Health Secretary told BBC Breakfast.

And he was backed up by the regulator’s chief executive Dave Behan, who pointed out that those providing good care were also dealing with pressure on their budgets.

He told the Today programme: “The same financial climate exists for those providing that good care, the nine out of ten providing the good care on dignity, and therefore it exposes and shines a light on where that care is not acceptable.”

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