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Care Quality Commission


CQC sets out brief for whistleblower guardian

The Care Quality Commission has set out proposals for how a ‘national guardian’ for NHS whistleblowers should be established.

NICE makes U-turn over publishing safe staffing guidance

Plans to publish safe nurse staffing guidance for emergency departments have been abandoned in a U-turn by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Phil Morley

Exclusive: Hunt says hospital chief found ‘fit and proper’

The health secretary has said that a hospital chief executive has been assessed as ‘fit and proper’, after regulators considered a series of serious concerns against him.

House of Lords

Devolution amendment could halt most ambitious local health proposals

Some of local government’s more ambitious proposals for the devolution of responsibility over health could be blown off course by an amendment to the devolution bill passed in the Lords.

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New safety investigation body 'will operate without fear or favour'

A new body to investigate clinical failure and incidents of patient harm in the NHS will “operate without fear or favour”, the government has said.

Jeremy Hunt 2014

Hunt intervention: NICE will review new body's safe staffing guidance

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt today intervened in the debate over safe staffing levels in the NHS, announcing future guidelines will be independently reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Elderly woman in bed

Patients to be told CQC ratings to encourage 'informed' hospital choice

Patients will be told the Care Quality Commission rating and waiting times for their local hospitals when making appointments through a new electronic booking system to encourage ‘truly informed’ patient choice, the health secretary has said.

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New body takes over NHS England safety responsibilities

NHS England’s safety function will be moved to the new combined provider regulation body NHS Improvement.

Cardiac surgery

Hospital mortality rates 'should not be smoke alarm' for poor quality

The NHS should not use hospital-wide mortality rates as a ‘smoke alarm’ to identify poor quality hospitals, a major study has concluded.

Nurse treating patient

NHS can be 'world leader' on patient safety, say healthcare leaders

The NHS can be a ‘world leader’ in many areas of patient safety but only if it starts taking immediate action to improve, healthcare leaders have said in a report published by HSJ today.

Safe staffing guidance

Exclusive: Providers expected to use unofficial NICE staffing guidance

NHS providers may have to increase the number of nurses in emergency departments after regulators and the Department of Health suggested trusts need to consider new safe staffing evidence from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

David Prior

Minister: Hospitals that try to be 'islands of autonomy' will fail

The new minister for NHS productivity has warned that acute trusts will fail if they try to get through the coming NHS savings drive as ‘islands of autonomy’.

David Prior North Norfolk Trust chair CQC preferred candidate

NHS should not move to 'blame free culture', says Lord Prior

The NHS has to make more effort to tackle bullying among staff, but should not move to a ‘blame free’ culture, according to health minister Lord Prior.

Hospital staff rushing with patient

Exclusive: Plan to combine regulators and safety in single 'new body'

Many of the functions of Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority are expected to be brought together in a single ‘new body’, which would also take on new patient safety and improvement work, HSJ has been told.

Board table

More than 60 managers have faced fit and proper complaints

A total of 65 NHS chief executives and senior board directors have been subject to complaints under fit and proper person regulations, HSJ can reveal.

Queens Hospital Romford

Regulators make it harder to improve care, special measures trust claims

A trust in special measures believes regulatory intervention has made it harder to improve patient care, the minutes of a high level ministerial meeting reveal.

Bill Kirkup

Exclusive: NHS warned focus on finance risks 'disastrous consequence'

The chair of the inquiry into care failings at Morecambe Bay has warned of a “disastrous consequence” for the NHS if it focuses too much on financial savings at the expense of patient safety.

Jeremy Hunt

Hunt: 5,000 new GPs the 'maximum' in five years

Jeremy Hunt has said recruiting 5,000 additional GPs would be the ‘maximum’ possible within the next five years.

Hinchingbrooke Hospital

CQC to fight 'risk of bias' against private providers

The Care Quality Commission is trying to recruit more advisers from the independent sector to guard against the risk of ‘bias’ in the way it assesses private providers, an adviser to the regulator has said.

Tim Kelsey

NHS England: Digital plans 'could save £10bn'

Plans to roll out the use of digital technology in the health service could result in efficiency savings up to £10bn by 2020, work conducted for NHS England has estimated.

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