Fewer than three out of four of the 14,000 health and social care sites inspected by the Care Quality Commission met all essential standards around quality and safety.
And one in a hundred merited urgent intervention from the CQC - which has powers ranging from issuing formal warning notices to suspending or cancelling registration.
The figures - which cover NHS and independent healthcare, social care and primary dental services - were revealed in the CQC’s first quarterly market report, which is aimed at providing insight into the systematic reasons for poor performance and monitoring emerging areas of concern.
Chris Day, one of the lead authors for the report, admitted the figures were “disappointing” but said the report - based on inspections between June 2011 and March 2012 - would establish a baseline.
“It is a concern that providers are not meeting essential standards but what we are doing in this report is trying to highlight real areas of risk…we hope providers take a step back and look at their organisations and see how they measure up,” he said. Flagging common concerns allowed organisations to look at their performance in these areas, he added.
Overall, 73% of inspections found all essential standards were met – 77% for NHS organisations and 82% for independent healthcare providers. But that figure dropped to 72% for adult social care. The CQC carried out 17,000 inspections at 14,000 locations - some were inspected more than once and only the results for the latest inspection were included.