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Care Quality Commission

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Mental health patients 'let down'

Almost one in three people with mental health problems do not know where to turn in the event of a crisis, new figures show.

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NHS hospital comparison website launched 

A new website to enable patients and staff to compare hospitals across a broad range of metrics from accident and emergency waiting times to the quality of meals will be launched tomorrow.

David Behan

Behan warns of 'gap in the system' following baby's death case

The head of the Care Quality Commission has admitted a gap in the regulatory system is preventing the investigation of historic patient complaints, after NHS England pulled out of a proposed joint investigation.


Hospitals to put CQC 'scores on doors'

Hospitals, care homes and GP surgeries could be legally required to display their Care Quality Commission ratings to help patients make more informed choices about where they go for care.

Kent & Canterbury Hospital

East Kent to refocus on patient safety following 'inadequate' CQC rating

East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust


NHS England withdraws involvement from baby death probe

NHS England appears to have ruled itself out of direct involvement in patient care investigations after refusing to join the Care Quality Commission in a probe into the death of a baby girl.

CQC's 'experts by experience' procurement delayed

The Care Quality Commission has ‘paused’ its search for new organisations to recruit, train and manage inspectors with personal experience of health and social care just a month after the service was put out to tender.

Jill Finney

Finney makes new claims in legal battle against CQC

The former deputy chief executive of the Care Quality Commission has made new claims in a legal battle against her ex-employer, alleging its current chair ‘hyped’ a report that stated she staged a ‘cover up’.


Failing hospitals 'are in denial'

Some failing NHS hospitals are ‘in denial’ about the inadequate care and services offered for patients, a top medical watchdog has said.

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

East Kent management 'lost touch' with staff, former governor claims

A former lead governer of the trust recommended for special measures last week has accused its senior management of repeatedly brushing aside his and fellow governors’ concerns

Steve Field

Inadequate GPs will be told to improve or face closure

GP practices that persistently provide inadequate services will face closure if they fail to improve within a year, the Care Quality Commission has announced.

Andrea Sutcliffe

CQC: Look beyond councils to 'crack' integration

NHS organisations need to look beyond their relationships with local authorities to truly develop integrated services, the chief inspector of adult social care has said.

Royal Sussex County Hospital

Brighton and Sussex records surge in race discrimination cases

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust has been urged to improve relationships between staff following a “significant increase” in disciplinary cases related to race discrimination.

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Evidence of mortality rate progress at Keogh trusts

Trusts placed into special measures last year for persistently high mortality rates have shown signs of improvement, a report by three healthcare bodies has found.

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

NHS trusts 'non-compliant' with quality standards for over two years

The CQC has pinpointed more than 10 NHS trusts that have fallen short of its quality standards for over two years, potentially putting patients at risk of unsafe care

private sector board meeting

Test could create blacklist for 'unfit' NHS directors, lawyers warn

The fit and proper person test for healthcare directors could lead to the creation of an ‘informal blacklist’ of senior managers and put regulators at risk of legal challenge, senior lawyers have warned.

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.

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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.

Royal Courts of Justice

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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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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