Private hospitals ‘must provide more safety data’

The BBC:

Private hospitals should release the same levels of data about patient safety incidents as NHS providers, a report says.  The organisation behind the report says it is difficult for the public to judge the safety of private hospitals.

A think tank scrutinising the role of markets and competition in the NHS, the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI), says figures obtained from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) show just over 800 patients died unexpectedly in private hospitals in England between October 2010 and April 2014 – and there were more than 900 serious injuries.

The report says: “It is not possible to state whether these rates of death and serious injury are significant, as we do not know in which hospitals they occurred, the health status of the patients concerned, nor the types of treatments that were being provided.  “It is also not possible to state whether the rates are unusually high or to be expected.”

Given that the essence of private health care is that it is er market based, it is astonishing that they don’t provide allow customers to make informed choices.