One-fifth of hospitals 'may be covering up mistakes'

A fifth of hospital trusts in England may be covering up mistakes, a government review suggests. The analysis of reporting incidents shows 29 out of 141 trusts were not registering the expected number of safety incidents.

The review said this may be a sign of a “poor” safety culture. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said it was important hospitals were “open and honest”, and that patients had a right to know about problems with reporting.

The data has been released as part of the Department of Health and NHS England’s drive to improve safety in the NHS.

Olly from PSI says: This review shows that the Government wants to show that patient safety remains at the very top of its agenda.