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Private hospitals warned over surgeons

From BBC - April 10, 2018

Some of the failings that allowed rogue surgeon Ian Paterson to harm patients have been found to be widespread across private hospitals, inspectors say.

The Care Quality Commission said it was concerned about the "old-fashioned" approach to consultants which led to a lack of monitoring and checks.

The regulator said it meant there was a "real danger" poor practices were not being picked up or challenged.

Private hospitals said they were responding quickly to the findings.

The CQC looked at 206 private hospitals in what was the first comprehensive review of the sector.

These sites treat both private patients and those given NHS funding to be seen privately.

The CQC rated 70% as good or excellent.

'Exaggerated symptoms'

But it said there was a "significant concern" relating to governance and safety.

In particular, it highlighted the lack of proper checks and monitoring of senior doctors, mainly surgeons, to ensure they were only undertaking treatments they were qualified to do or carrying them out in a safe way.

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