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Care Quality Commission

Houses of Parliament

Avoidable harm bill becomes law today

A new law on avoidable harm in health and social care is set to receive royal assent today.

David Behan

CQC will miss own inspection deadlines, regulator admits

The Care Quality Commission will fail to hit a high profile target to inspect all acute trusts before the end of this year, the watchdog’s chief executive has said.

Commissioning support woman clipboard

Analysis: Huge disparity in trusts challenging CQC accuracy

There is huge variation in the number of factual accuracy challenges trusts are making to their draft Care Quality Commission inspection reports, HSJ analysis has found.

Whipps Cross University Hospital

Ranked: Whipps Cross poorest hospital rated by CQC to date

Whipps Cross University Hospital is by one measure, the poorest hospital to be rated by the Care Quality Commission to date.

Whipps Cross University Hospital

Barts placed in special measures after hospital rated 'inadequate'

Barts Health Trust, the largest NHS trust in the country, is to be placed in special measures after a damning Care Quality Commission inspection report rated Whipps Cross University Hospital ‘inadequate’.


Circle drops challenge to ‘inadequate’ Hinchingbrooke rating

Circle has dropped its plan to request a review of the ‘inadequate’ rating given to Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust by the Care Quality Commission.

David Behan

Exclusive: CQC unveils new approach to regulating forward view care models

The Care Quality Commission will adapt its approach to regulation to reflect the new provider landscape outlined in the NHS Five Year Forward View, the watchdog’s chief executive has said.


Richards: CQC will not shirk from action against trusts with 'unfit' directors

A shortage in the supply of senior NHS managers will not prevent the Care Quality Commission from taking action against trusts who employ ‘unfit’ directors, Sir Mike Richards has told HSJ.

David Prior North Norfolk Trust chair CQC preferred candidate

Market role 'hugely limited' in NHS, says CQC chair

The role of the market is ‘hugely limited’ in health and social care partly because its users often ‘have no power’, the Care Quality Commission chair has said.

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

Exclusive: NHS reorganisations ‘contribute’ to poor care, says Kirkup

NHS reorganisations are a ‘contributory factor’ in poor patient care, the chair of the independent inquiry into failings at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust has said.

Bill Kirkup

Kirkup calls for NHS trusts to face new openness duties

The Kirkup inquiry into care failures in Morecambe Bay has called for a new duty to be placed on NHS trust boards requiring them to publish the findings of any external investigations into their clinical services, governance or operations.

Furness General Hospital, Barrow

Morecambe Bay inquiry reveals 'lethal mix' of failings

The independent inquiry into events at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust has found ‘failures at almost every level of the NHS’ combined to create a ‘lethal mix’ which caused the avoidable deaths of at least 11 babies and one mother.


CCGs to be measured on new 'core metrics', says Hunt

Clinical commissioning groups’ progress on developing plans set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View will be judged against a new set of ‘core metrics’, health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.

David Behan

CQC falls short in responding to safeguarding alerts

The Care Quality Commission board has raised concerns over the performance of the organisation in responding to safeguarding information and taking action against persistently non-compliant providers.

Magnifying glass

Greater Manchester stakes claim to 'lead regulation' of providers

Greater Manchester has staked a claim to take on responsibility for regulating local providers, under new plans to devolve sweeping powers over health and social care services to the region.

Francis: CQC should probe whistleblower settlements

Settlements between NHS trusts and whistleblowers should be scrutinised by the Care Quality Commission to ensure organisations are well led, the Francis review has recommended.

Robert Francis

Francis unveils plan to fix 'serious problem' of NHS's whistleblower treatment

A new national independent officer’s role should be created with responsibility for overseeing the investigation and treatment of NHS whistleblowers, Sir Robert Francis has recommended.

Robert Francis QC

No binding powers for national whistleblowing 'officer'

A new ‘independent national officer’ role should be created to oversee and review the treatment of NHS whistleblowers, Sir Robert Francis’s ‘freedom to speak up review’ has recommended.

Royal Courts of Justice

Francis calls for stronger legal protection for whistleblowers

Ministers should extend the legal protection for NHS staff who raise whistleblowing concerns through a system to also help those out of work find new jobs in the service, the Francis review has said.

George Eliot Hospital

'Hard evidence' special measures worked at Keogh trusts, say researchers

There is ‘hard evidence’ that the special measures regime has reduced death rates at the 11 Keogh trusts and potentially saved hundreds of lives, researchers have claimed.

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