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Care Quality Commission

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

Exclusive: NHS reorganisations ‘contribute’ to poor care, says Kirkup

NHS reorganisations are a ‘contributory factor’ in poor patient care, the chair of the independent inquiry into failings at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust has said.

Bill Kirkup

Kirkup calls for NHS trusts to face new openness duties

The Kirkup inquiry into care failures in Morecambe Bay has called for a new duty to be placed on NHS trust boards requiring them to publish the findings of any external investigations into their clinical services, governance or operations.

Furness General Hospital, Barrow

Morecambe Bay inquiry reveals 'lethal mix' of failings

The independent inquiry into events at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust has found ‘failures at almost every level of the NHS’ combined to create a ‘lethal mix’ which caused the avoidable deaths of at least 11 babies and one mother.


CCGs to be measured on new 'core metrics', says Hunt

Clinical commissioning groups’ progress on developing plans set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View will be judged against a new set of ‘core metrics’, health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.

David Behan

CQC falls short in responding to safeguarding alerts

The Care Quality Commission board has raised concerns over the performance of the organisation in responding to safeguarding information and taking action against persistently non-compliant providers.

Magnifying glass

Greater Manchester stakes claim to 'lead regulation' of providers

Greater Manchester has staked a claim to take on responsibility for regulating local providers, under new plans to devolve sweeping powers over health and social care services to the region.

Francis: CQC should probe whistleblower settlements

Settlements between NHS trusts and whistleblowers should be scrutinised by the Care Quality Commission to ensure organisations are well led, the Francis review has recommended.

Robert Francis

Francis unveils plan to fix 'serious problem' of NHS's whistleblower treatment

A new national independent officer’s role should be created with responsibility for overseeing the investigation and treatment of NHS whistleblowers, Sir Robert Francis has recommended.

Robert Francis QC

No binding powers for national whistleblowing 'officer'

A new ‘independent national officer’ role should be created to oversee and review the treatment of NHS whistleblowers, Sir Robert Francis’s ‘freedom to speak up review’ has recommended.

Royal Courts of Justice

Francis calls for stronger legal protection for whistleblowers

Ministers should extend the legal protection for NHS staff who raise whistleblowing concerns through a system to also help those out of work find new jobs in the service, the Francis review has said.

George Eliot Hospital

'Hard evidence' special measures worked at Keogh trusts, say researchers

There is ‘hard evidence’ that the special measures regime has reduced death rates at the 11 Keogh trusts and potentially saved hundreds of lives, researchers have claimed.

David Behan

CQC row with Circle over Hinchingbrooke laid bare

The row between the Care Quality Commission and Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust and Circle, the private company which runs the NHS hospital, has been laid bare during a heated evidence session held by MPs.

Colchester Hospital

Colchester’s A&E rated ‘inadequate’ by CQC

Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust’s accident and emergency department has been rated ‘inadequate’ by the Care Quality Commission.

Axe job cuts

Labour pledges new savings by cutting NHS 'bureaucracy'

Labour has pledged to target duplication and bureaucracy they say has been caused by the Health Act 2012, raising the prospect of organisational changes if they form the next governement.

Jonathan Fielden

CQC rejects accusations of Hinchingbrooke bias

The leaders of the Care Quality Commission team that rated Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust ‘inadequate’ today issued a strong rejection of claims that their inspection was biased.

Stafford Hospital

CQC could become enforcer of ‘zero harm’ rules

A proposed new law on patient safety would open the door to tougher regulation of health and care providers by the Care Quality Commission, legal experts have told HSJ.


Regulator receives first ‘fit and proper person' complaints

A mass referral of more than 20 senior NHS managers has been made to the Care Quality Commission in what will be the first test of the new ‘fit and proper person’ regulations, HSJ can reveal.

Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Circle to challenge 'inadequate' Hinchingbrooke rating

Circle is to challenge the ‘inadequate’ rating Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust was given by the Care Quality Commission.

Computer data

Exclusive: 'Deeply troubling' emails sent from Healthwatch England to CQC during tender

The chief executive of Healthwatch England emailed the Care Quality Commission during a live tender, enquiring whether the regulator’s procurement process could be flexed to help local Healthwatch bidders, HSJ has learned.


Updated: Hinchingbrooke in special measures after care judged 'inadequate'

Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust has been placed in special measures after the Care Quality Commission rated it ‘inadequate’ on the questions of whether it is caring, safe and well led.

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