Serious patient safety issues are being buried in confidential hospital reports, BBC Panorama has found.
Freedom of Information requests revealed 111 reports, written by medical royal colleges, which NHS trusts have a duty to share. Eighty reports were given to the BBC but only 26 had been shared in full with regulators, and 16 published.
The Department of Health would not comment on whether it might change the law to ensure publication.
Since the 2015 Morecambe Bay maternity scandal in which 11 babies and a mother died, NHS Trusts are supposed to publish summaries of external r