The Care Quality Commission has warned that there is a real risk of the NHS having to face a repeat of the infamous Baby P case. This was due to the lack of training, poor monitoring and high workloads in the 392 trusts surveyed by the regulator in England.
"Immediately after the Baby P tragedy, everyone agreed that everything possible must be done to prevent a recurrence," said CQC chief executive Cynthia Bower. "This must not prove to be hollow rhetoric."
The Baby P case held the country captive for a long time after it emerged that a host of agencies failed to spot the abuse being suffered by the toddler, now named as Peter. His mother, her boyfriend and their lodger were convicted after a court hearing and were held responsible for causing his death.
The toddler had died in 2007 at the age of 17 months. He had sustained 50 separate injuries and was seen at hospitals 35 times, but no one spotted the abuse being suffered by him.
The CQC has said that the NHS must take all steps to see that such cases are not repeated. Health Secretary Andy Burnham also agreed with this viewpoint. "I wish to make it clear that I see these basics as non-negotiable and that the NHS must ensure their full implementation," he said.