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Care Quality Commission

Colchester Hospital

Colchester told to partner with local trust or face failure regimeSubscription

Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust has been told by regulators if it does not form a “long term partnership” with Ipswich Hospital Trust it risks being put in the failure regime – a process which could result in its liquidation.

Hospital corridor

NHS England preparing guidance on hospital closuresSubscription

New guidance on how to handle the sudden closure of hospitals due to serious quality or safety concerns is being drawn up by NHS England.

Ruth May

NHS Improvement to allow local power over nurse staffing levelsSubscription

The NHS should allow local discretion on nurse staffing levels but trusts will be expected to report against outcome measures to support patient care, according to an NHS Improvement director.

David Behan

CQC's budget cut furtherSubscription

The Care Quality Commission’s budget has been reduced by an additional £9m compared to what it was expecting to receive this year.

Western sussex hospitals

'Outstanding' trust's chief reveals turning pointSubscription

Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation Trust has become only the third acute trust in England to be rated “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission, with staff being praised by the chief inspector of hospitals and the chief executive.

primary care

GP roadmap may herald move to 'self-assessment', say sourcesSubscription

GPs could face fewer inspections in future under a proposal being considered for the sector’s support package to be launched next week, HSJ has been told.

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Updated: NHS Improvement threatens 'management changes' at Southern HealthSubscription

NHS Improvement has said it could make “management changes” if there is not improvement at Southern Health Foundation Trust, after the CQC issued the provider with a warning notice over safety concerns.


New rules planned to prevent 'blacklisting' of NHS whistleblowersSubscription

New regulations to try to prevent NHS organisations from blacklisting whistleblowers will be put in place later this year, HSJ has learned.

David Behan

Updated: CQC to hike trust fees by 75 per centSubscription

The Care Quality Commission will increase the fees paid to it by NHS trusts by 75 per cent next year.

Claire Murdoch

Transparency league table problems not a 'question of competence'Subscription

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has dismissed as “harsh” a suggestion that problems with the recently published “learning from mistakes” league table raised a “question of competence” over the government’s handling of improvement initiatives.


Cyber security plans outlined amid 'mounting concern' of attacksSubscription

The Health and Social Care Information Centre will this week consider a raft of proposals to improve the NHS’s cyber security amid experts’ “mounting concern” about attacks on health service data.


Whistleblower guardian job may remain part-time despite criticismSubscription

The Care Quality Commission may still recruit a part-time national guardian for NHS whistleblowers, even after the previous guardian resigned because she was unable to balance the job with another role.

Stack of reports

Francis adviser to lead inquiry into 'heart breaking' baby deathSubscription

An adviser to the Mid Staffs public inquiry will lead an investigation into the death and treatment of a baby girl whose case exposed a “regulatory gap” in the NHS, HSJ can reveal.

Homerton University Hospital

CQC: Stark contrast in maternity inspections due to 'different hypothesis'Subscription

The Care Quality Commission has said it reached radically different conclusions about an east London maternity service in the space of a year partly due to using different inspection formats.

southend hospital

Hospital shuts beds after CQC raises staffing ratio concernsSubscription

PERFORMANCE: Southend University Hospital Foundation Trust has been forced into significant bed closures after inspectors raised concerns about staff ratios and its stroke services, HSJ has learned.

A Marie Curie Nurse makes a female patient comfortable

Patient review websites promise reform after investigationSubscription

Websites which provide online reviews of NHS and care services will “improve their practices” after a Competition and Markets Authority review highlighted concerns.

Claire Murdoch

47 trust chiefs and chairs to be NHS Improvement advisersSubscription

NHS Improvement has brought together two advisory panels composed of chairs and chief executives from NHS trusts.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, University Hospitals Birmingham FT

Birmingham trust 'failed to respond to safety concerns over surgery'Subscription

A leading teaching hospital trust “failed to take effective action” after concerns were repeatedly raised over the safety and effectiveness of its heart surgery unit, inspectors have found.

Eileen Sills

National whistleblower guardian resigns after two monthsSubscription

Dame Eileen Sills, the national guardian for NHS whistleblowers, has resigned after just two months in the role.

Sir Mike Richards

CQC investigates Birmingham trust over cardiac surgery deathsSubscription

The Care Quality Commission has launched an investigation into adult heart surgery at University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust after an audit identified the service as a mortality outlier.

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