Patient Safety in Private Hospitals: the Known and the Unknown Risk.

Leys C; Toft B; Centre for Health and the Public Interest; CHPI.

This report discusses issues with staffing, equipment, and documentation that contributed to patient harm in private hospitals in the United Kingdom from 2010 to 2014. The authors explain how limited reporting requirements and lack of reliable data hinders patients' ability to compare the care provided by private hospitals with National Health System hospitals. They also outline recommendations to augment data collection and transparency in private hospitals.