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Care Quality Commission

David Behan

CQC to slow inspections amid staff pressures

The Care Quality Commission has scaled back its inspection ambitions for the rest of 2014-15 as it seeks to ease pressure on its hard pressed workforce and struggles to recruit enough high calibre staff.

Inspection notice periods could treble

Hospitals, GP practices and care homes could see pre-inspection notice periods trebled under a new Care Quality Commission approach.


Keogh trusts have progressed one year on, says Richards

Strong leadership and good clinical engagement are the essential qualities for turning around failing trusts, chief inspector of hospitals Sir Mike Richards has told HSJ.

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CQC drags Grant Thornton into libel court case

The regulator has lodged a High Court claim against Grant Thornton in a bid to curb potential losses from its imminent legal clash with its former deputy chief executive

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‘Buddy’ trusts could double their money under bonus scheme

The leading hospitals ‘buddied’ with failing trusts under the special measures regime received some £1.5m to cover their costs last year.

Jeremy Hunt

Hunt dismisses Keogh trusts' finance struggles

Lack of money is no excuse for poor care, the health secretary has said

Robert Francis

Duty of candour extended to cover wider set of incidents

A statutory duty of candour in the NHS will cover a wider set of incidents than previously expected, and will force NHS trusts to apologise to affected patients, it has emerged.

Jeremy Hunt

Two further Keogh trusts leave special measures

Two further trusts placed in regulatory “special measures” last summer have been removed from the regime, the health secretary announced today.

Steve Field

CQC working on special measures regime for GPs

The Care Quality Commission is working on a “special measures” regime for GP practices, the body has confirmed.

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Trusts to be inspected against new end of life care priorities

Trusts will be inspected against new national priorities for end of life care, they have been warned

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Three Keogh trusts must stay in special measures, CQC decides

Three acute trusts placed in special measures a year ago have failed to make significant progress and should remain in special measures, the chief inspector of hospitals has said

David Behan

Exclusive: CQC hired inspectors who failed recruitment criteria in 'flawed' process

The Care Quality Commission has admitted that scores of its inspectors were appointed despite falling short of its own recruitment standards, creating the risk that its regulatory judgments could be “impaired”.

Jill Finney

CQC sued over 'cover up' report

The current chair and chief executive of the CQC abused their power by publishing allegations that a former executive ordered a “cover up” of its failings, papers filed at the High Court allege

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BMA sues whistleblower surgeon

The British Medical Association is suing a whistleblowing surgeon for legal costs of up to £250,000 following the collapse of a High Court battle.

Hunt calls for safeguarding review in wake of Savile abuse

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has called for regulators and trust leaders to review safeguarding procedures after an investigation revealed that “weak systems” in hospitals had allowed celebrity Jimmy Savile to abuse scores of patients over many years.

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Revealed: the trusts set to be highlighted for reporting concerns

Six trusts that have been in special measures over the past year are among those set to be named as having a poor culture of reporting patient safety incidents

David Behan

CQC chief pledges action on inspection workloads

CQC chief executive David Behan has acknowledged that the heavy workloads of the new inspection regime have had a “negative impact” on staff morale

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NHS restructure was a 'step backwards' for IVF services, watchdog says

The coalition’s radical reshaping of the health service has been a “step backwards” for the commissioning of fertility services in the NHS, the chair of the national fertility watchdog has said.


CCGs respond poorly to CQC pre-inspection requests

The majority of clinical commissioning groups are failing to relay concerns about their providers to the Care Quality Commission before inspections are carried out, denying the watchdog intelligence about the quality of hospital services.


Exclusive: CQC set to take on patient safety from NHS England

The Care Quality Commission has been asked to consider taking on the patient safety role from NHS England, HSJ has learned.

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How the CQC’s new hospital inspections measure up

What’s changed, what works and what doesn’t

Take the luck out of the system

No more leaving it to chance: how to take charge of improvement

Tips for improving health and social care

Nursing home

Deprivation of liberty – guidelines from the Supreme Court

What constitutes a deprivation of liberty?

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The key factors to consider in DNAR decision making

There is a lack of awareness of end of life care

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CQC regulation is being transformed in 2014

Analysis of the five key changes in the new regime

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