The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has described safety in the NHS as a “significant concern”, with problems particularly acute in hospitals.

In April 2014, the CQC began to carry out Ofsted-style inspections of NHS organisations.

Various issues are considered during the visit, after which the organisation is given a rating of inadequate, requires improvement, good or outstanding.

So far nearly 50% of hospitals have been inspected, along with 17% of care services and 11% of GP services.

13% of hospitals unsafe

The CQC has said that until now, the most reported problem is safety, an issue currently attributed to three-quarters of hospitals inspected. Of these, 13% of hospitals were deemed to be unsafe.

Poor safety has also been discovered at 40% of care and nursing homes, and one in three GP services.

Experts have suggested that a lack of staff is largely to blame, along with financial pressures.

David Behan, chief executive of the CQC, said safety must be a priority for hospital leaders.

He said: “What we know from our report and from other research is that the leadership of an organisation sets the culture of that organisation.”

“If the leadership says the important things around here are quality and safety, then that’s what people attend to.”

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