Every worst performing hospital in England is named and shamed today by our damning analysis.
The huge MailOnline audit — discovered on an interactive map that lets you search in your own area — reveals that 268 NHS and private sites are providing patients with substandard care.
Twenty-three sites, highlighted in red, were classified as “inadequate” by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which regulates all hospitals in the country.
Inspectors at one, the Alexandra Private Hospital in Derbyshire, were “unsure” that the anatomical debris was being disposed of properly. Staff gave ‘conflicting accounts’ about how long the waste was left unrefrigerated before it was collected.
Other – the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, one of the NHS hospitals at the center of the worst maternity scandal in britain history, it was discovered that dead bodies had ‘not always’ been dealt with before they reached the morgue.
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Laid out on an interactive map that lets you search your own area, MailOnline’s big audit reveals that dozens of NHS and private sites are giving patients poor care. One, the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (pictured), one of the NHS hospitals at the center of Britain’s worst maternity scandal, was found to have not “always” dealt with dead bodies before they reached the morgue .
Inspectors at another, the Alexandra Private Hospital in Derbyshire, were “failed to ensure” that the anatomical waste was disposed of properly, with staff providing “conflicting accounts” as to how long the waste was left unrefrigerated before being collected.
The deceased patients arrived “in an undignified manner”, the inspectors wrote, having a “significant and potentially highly upsetting” impact on visiting families.
The other 245 hospitals, marked in orange on the map, were classified as “requires improvement” in their most recent inspection report.
The investigation into England’s substandard healthcare facilities is the latest in a series of revelations from MailOnline.
Last week we carried out an audit of the worst performing community pharmacies in Britain.
The 10 worst rated areas for hospitals in England
The areas with the highest proportion of hospitals that did not meet all the standards required by the CQC:
1. London: 39
2. Birmingham: 8
3. Manchester: 8
5. Leeds: 5
6. Southampton: 5
8. Ashford: 3
9. Bournemouth: 3
10. Reading: 3
Earlier this year, MailOnline also mapped all GP surgeries rated ‘inadequate’ and ‘requires improvement’ by the CQC.
The control body carries out periodic inspections of all hospitals in the country.
It rates each hospital as ‘outstanding’, ‘good’, ‘needs improvement’ or ‘inadequate’ based on five criteria.
These include assessing whether the services are safe, effective, attentive, responsive, and well-directed.
The hospital’s overall rating does not necessarily mean that all services at the site perform at that level.
Of the 245 classified as “requiring improvement” by the regulator, more than half (132) were NHS hospitals. The others were private.
Meanwhile, among the 23 rated ‘unsuitable’, seven were from the NHS while 16 were private.
Services offered by these private hospitals include dental diagnostics and screening tests, 2D and 4D pregnancy ultrasounds, and cosmetic surgery.
One in 10 UK patients now pay for private UK treatment, an increase of 39 per cent over the last two years, with millions bypassing their own GP or hospital entirely as they battle to get dates.
NHS trusts with hospitals rated unsuitable include: University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Barts Health NHS Trust, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust.
Two hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust were also found to be “unsuitable”.
It comes as a damning audit of England’s NHS hospitals earlier this year revealed that urine and fecal matter had been found seeping into wards, coming through ceilings and spitting down drains.
An NHS hospital trust also recorded 105 sewage leaks in 2022 alone, almost one every three days.
The Liberal Democrats, who compiled the data, found that NHS trusts recorded a total of 456 leaks between January and December 2022.
In March, a survey of NHS staff also found only 62.9 percent of the 636,000 workers surveyed felt that if a friend or family member needed treatment, they would be happy with the level provided.
Experts at the time said the findings were “not a surprise” and warned that working in an “environment of constant and unrelenting pressure” had “taken its toll”.
All inspection reports included in the MailOnline analysis were the most recently published reports.
The total classified as ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’ represents around 11 per cent of all 2,393 registered hospitals in England.
Daisy Cooper MP, health spokesperson for the Lib Dems, told MailOnline: ‘The Conservatives have been ruining our NHS for years.
“Not only are waiting times for treatment being pushed into the danger zone, but people are struggling to even see their GP and dentist, and now even hospitals are falling apart.”
He added: ‘This government has time and time again let our health service down. They have overpromised and underdelivered for far too long.
“His promise of 40 new hospitals is not worth the paper it was written on as hospital buildings are literally collapsing and some wards have now become unusable.
“Conservative ministers owe the public an apology for failing to deliver on their NHS promises and putting patients at risk.”
A CQC spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Most people are receiving good and safe care, and that is due to the efforts of those who work in the NHS and in the independent sector.
‘Through our inspection and monitoring of hospital services, we have been consistently impressed with the commitment we have found to ensure patient safety, and the number of times we highlight good practice certainly exceeds the compliance measures we take.’
They added: ‘Unfortunately, however, not everyone experiences good and safe care and there is more work to be done to ensure the provision of safe care for everyone, at all times.
“When we find concerns that care needs to improve, we make that clear to hospitals and hope they take action in response.”
An NHS spokesperson said: “Staff across the NHS are dedicated to providing the best care for patients with the vast majority of NHS hospitals being rated ‘good’ or ‘excellent’.
‘While most providers rated unsuitable are privately run, the NHS offers intensive support to help trusts work through CQC recommendations to improve services. ‘