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Restraint and sexual safety among transport service failings

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Private and NHS ambulance services are reviewing safety procedures after the Care Quality Commission identified a series of risks to mental health patients being transported by non-emergency providers.

The care watchdog wrote to all providers of non-emergency patient transport earlier in the summer, warning of concerns identified at recent inspections about use of restraints, sexual safety, physical health needs, vehicle and equipment safety standards, and unsafe recruitment practices.

The letter, seen by HSJ, stated: “We know there are many independent ambulance providers providing a good standard of care. Unfortunately, our recent inspections suggest that this is not always the case."

“We expect providers to deliver on their commitment to provide safe, high-quality care and we will do everything within our powers to ensure this happens.”

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Source: HSJ, 4 August 2022

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