CQC report more than half NHS hospitals inspected so far 'require improvement' and five are 'inadequate'

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The hospital watchdog claims patient safety is being put at risk by an unacceptable postcode lottery.

While inspectors found frontline staff to be caring, too many hospitals were poorly led.

There is a stark divide in performance between the best and worst hospitals inspected, exposing 'unacceptable' levels of variation.

At almost all hospitals, frontline staff were being praised for being caring towards patients, with all but one hospitals deemed to be 'good' or 'outstanding'

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