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Care Quality Commission

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Exclusive: PHSO refuses to investigate baby death at heart of ‘regulatory gap’ claims

The Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman has refused to investigate the death of a baby at the centre of claims of a ‘regulatory gap’ between national bodies preventing them looking into historic complaints.

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Exclusive: Social care providers applied for injunctions against CQC

Two providers of adult social care have applied for injunctions to prevent the publication of Care Quality Commission inspection reports, HSJ can reveal.

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Exclusive: CQC to review care for newborns following baby’s death

A national review of the quality of care for seriously ill children is being launched by the Care Quality Commission following the death of a baby more than a decade ago.

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Trusts will be allowed to breach agency spending cap

NHS trusts will be allowed to breach a proposed cap on agency spending if they need to ensure wards are safely staffed, Monitor has said.

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CQC to assess whole health systems

The Care Quality Commission is to pilot assessing whole health systems as part of a move towards a more place based approach to regulation.

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Exclusive: CQC airs prospect of 'more light touch' regulation

The Care Quality Commission will begin considering whether it should move to ‘more light touch’ regulation later this year, the chief inspector of general practice has told HSJ.

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'Incoherent' healthcare regulation needs 'radical overhaul'

Healthcare regulation in the UK  is ‘incoherent’, ‘expensive’ and requires a ‘radical overhaul’ according to a review by the body which oversees the work of organisations such as the General Medical Council.

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‘Cash is king again’: trust chiefs respond to Monitor letter

Trust leaders have told HSJ about their wide ranging concerns over the implications of a letter sent by regulators calling on them to take tough measures to improve their financial positions.

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CQC sets out brief for whistleblower guardian

The Care Quality Commission has set out proposals for how a ‘national guardian’ for NHS whistleblowers should be established.

NICE makes U-turn over publishing safe staffing guidance

Plans to publish safe nurse staffing guidance for emergency departments have been abandoned in a U-turn by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

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Exclusive: Hunt says hospital chief found ‘fit and proper’

The health secretary has said that a hospital chief executive has been assessed as ‘fit and proper’, after regulators considered a series of serious concerns against him.

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Devolution amendment could halt most ambitious local health proposals

Some of local government’s more ambitious proposals for the devolution of responsibility over health could be blown off course by an amendment to the devolution bill passed in the Lords.

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New safety investigation body 'will operate without fear or favour'

A new body to investigate clinical failure and incidents of patient harm in the NHS will “operate without fear or favour”, the government has said.

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Hunt intervention: NICE will review new body's safe staffing guidance

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt today intervened in the debate over safe staffing levels in the NHS, announcing future guidelines will be independently reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

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Patients to be told CQC ratings to encourage 'informed' hospital choice

Patients will be told the Care Quality Commission rating and waiting times for their local hospitals when making appointments through a new electronic booking system to encourage ‘truly informed’ patient choice, the health secretary has said.

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New body takes over NHS England safety responsibilities

NHS England’s safety function will be moved to the new combined provider regulation body NHS Improvement.

Cardiac surgery

Hospital mortality rates 'should not be smoke alarm' for poor quality

The NHS should not use hospital-wide mortality rates as a ‘smoke alarm’ to identify poor quality hospitals, a major study has concluded.

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NHS can be 'world leader' on patient safety, say healthcare leaders

The NHS can be a ‘world leader’ in many areas of patient safety but only if it starts taking immediate action to improve, healthcare leaders have said in a report published by HSJ today.

Safe staffing guidance

Exclusive: Providers expected to use unofficial NICE staffing guidance

NHS providers may have to increase the number of nurses in emergency departments after regulators and the Department of Health suggested trusts need to consider new safe staffing evidence from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

David Prior

Minister: Hospitals that try to be 'islands of autonomy' will fail

The new minister for NHS productivity has warned that acute trusts will fail if they try to get through the coming NHS savings drive as ‘islands of autonomy’.

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