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Care Quality Commission

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.

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.

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.

Old man in bed, doctor using stehoscope

CQC’s new efficiency role could ‘taint’ quality focus

There is a risk the Care Quality Commission’s new responsibility for rating hospitals’ efficiency could ‘taint’ its focus on quality, senior health policy experts have said.

David Prior North Norfolk Trust chair CQC preferred candidate

DH audit: CQC made 'errors' during McKinsey tenders

A Department of Health audit has found the Care Quality Commission made ‘procedural errors’ in relation to a decision to award two contracts to the consultancy firm McKinsey & Co, with a total value of nearly £1.5m.

David Behan

Behan: CQC must ensure trusts balance quality and finance

Boards need to move from “putting all their investment into quality and safety” to achieving a better “balance” with financial success, the chief executive of the Care Quality Commission has said.

Man with clipbaord making notes

CQC would ‘love’ to rate whole health systems, says chief inspector

The chief inspector of hospitals said he would ‘love’ the Care Quality Commission to rate local health systems, rather than specific providers, but suggested there were potential obstacles to inspecting clinical commissioning groups.

Sir Mike Richards

Exclusive: CQC to rate hospitals’ efficiency

The health secretary has asked the Care Quality Commission to include a hospital’s efficiency as one of the “key criteria” for rating the quality of its leadership.


Analysis: CQC ratings align with staff satisfaction

Trusts rated well by the Care Quality Commission tend to have better scores in the NHS staff survey, HSJ analysis has found

David Behan

Only a quarter of CQC inspection reports published on time

Just a quarter of the Care Quality Commission’s inspection reports have been published on time, new figures show.

Revealed: High level fears over patient consent abuse

The Care Quality Commission and NHS England have raised concerns that the current system for securing patient consent for treatment is open to abuse. It comes amid allegations that some doctors have retrospectively altered consent forms, HSJ can reveal.

Commissioning support woman clipboard

Analysis: Investigation identifies consent form concerns

Investigations by HSJ have identified several cases that raise questions about the current system for securing patient consent for treatment.

David Prior North Norfolk Trust chair CQC preferred candidate

Prior resigns as CQC chair to join government

David Prior has stepped down as chair of the Care Quality Commission to become a health minister in the new Conservative government.


Updated: Four out of five GP practices rated 'good' by CQC

More than four in five GP practices rated by the Care Quality Commission have been judged ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’, analysis by HSJ has found.

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