A Report Criticises A Dorset Hospital

A Dorset hospital has been named in a report which says fewer hospitals are treating patients with dignity and respects.

Almost one in five hospitals do not meet basic care standards which ensure that patients are being treated appropriately, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said.

Inspectors for the watchdog found that 18% of 50 hospitals did not always meet the standards in 2012, compared to 12% in 2011, a new CQC report found.

The report said "It is clearly unacceptable that this position, poor to begin with, has deteriorated further'.'

The news comes just weeks after the public inquiry into Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust highlighted serious care failings at Stafford Hospital where as many as 1,200 people could have died needlessly as a result of maltreatment and neglect.

The CQC said Alderney Hospital in Poole met just two of five standards.

James Barton, Director, Mental Health Services, Dorset HealthCare said:"Following the CQC review into privacy, dignity and nutrition at Alderney Hospital, the specific issues highlighted have since been addressed and we are now meeting all the required standards."