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Care Quality Commission

David Behan

CQC needs to increase inspection workforce by 66pc in one year

The Care Quality Commission is still 559 inspectors short of the total number it thinks it needs by the end of next year.

Sir Mike Richards

Richards: Fit and proper persons test may end up in court

The final parameters of the new fit and proper test for NHS board members could be set in the courts, the chief inspector of hospitals has predicted

Jill Finney

CQC agrees half a million pound out of court libel deal

The Care Quality Commission has reached an out of court settlement with its former deputy chief executive who had sued for libel


Dalton's plans to revitalise provider sector unveiled

A long awaited review of NHS provider policy has recommended a suite of measures to re-energise the ‘pipeline’ of would be foundation trusts and accelerate the acquisition or franchising of trusts that cannot demonstrate long term viability in their current form.

Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Hospital inspections in marginal seats could swing general election

Hospital inspections could play a role in deciding the outcome of next year’s general election, according to analysis shared exclusively with HSJ.

David Behan

CQC recruitment difficulties threaten inspection targets

The Care Quality Commission’s struggle to employ enough staff to inspect all acute trusts by the end of next year has been flagged up as a “key risk” by its chief executive.

Blurred hospital corridor with three figures in it

CQC falls well short of targets after safeguarding errors

The Care Quality Commission has been strongly criticised by its own board after admitting to making thousands of errors in its handling of safeguarding worries.

Male GP injecting arm of older woman patient

One in 10 GP practices pose greatest perceived risk

One in 10 GP practices have been assigned the highest category of risk in an ‘intelligent monitoring’ system devised by the Care Quality Commission.

Steve Field

CQC reveals first general practice ratings

The first two GP practices to be rated under the Care Quality Commission’s inspection regime have been assessed as ‘outstanding’.

Jeremy Hunt

Hunt sets out proposals for £10bn savings

The health secretary has pinpointed the areas where the NHS could save £10bn to help close a looming financial gap in the health service

Steve Field

Smaller GP practices fared worse under inspections, CQC finds

Smaller GP practices have fared worse under the Care Quality Commission’s inspections so far because of the “splendid isolation” in which some are operating, Professor Steve Field has said

Tim Kelsey

National tech blueprint sets greater role for regulators

Wide ranging proposals aimed at making the NHS fully digital by 2020, including new regulatory powers and allowing patients to write in their care records from 2018, have been revealed


Kelsey: Digital ambition will need carrots as well as sticks

NHS England’s information director has acknowledged trusts will need ‘incentives’ as well as ‘consequences’ to encourage them to hit new national standards for information technology

Royal London Hospital

Renewed calls for CCGs to join hospital inspections

A clinical commissioning group leader has renewed calls for CCGs to be given a role in hospital inspections after it emerged an NHS England official had led one in London


High profile trust chief calls for funding overhaul

The head of a respected foundation trust has called for a major overhaul of financial rules to help popular hospitals cope with the extra demand their reputations attract.

Front of Medway Maritime Hospital

Chains test proved 'impossible', Birmingham chief admits

The chief executive of University Hospital Birmingham Foundation Trust has admitted its first attempt to “test the concept of the chains model” with a trust from a distance has not worked.

David Behan

CQC will 'learn by doing' fit and proper person checks

The watchdog will have to adopt a ‘learn by doing’ approach when enforcing the fit and proper test of healthcare leaders, its chief executive has admitted

David Behan

CQC: System needs to improve 'patchy' response to poor care

Commissioners and regulators need to improve their ‘patchy’ record of supporting struggling providers, the Care Quality Commission has said.

Sir Mike Richards

Trusts must release 'best clinical experts' for CQC inspections

The chief inspector of hospitals has urged trusts to encourage their top clinicians to lead CQC inspections

CQC raises dementia care concerns

Dementia sufferers are likely to experience poor care as they move between residential homes and hospitals because of an “unacceptable gap” in quality, a new report says.

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