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Care Quality Commission


CQC’s first assessment of whole health economy releasedSubscription

The Care Quality Commission has published its first “place based” report, assessing the quality of health and social care services in North Lincolnshire.

Wexham Park Hospital

CQC hails merger trust for ‘most impressive’ ever transformationSubscription

The Care Quality Commission has praised the “remarkable” improvement in care at Wexham Park Hospital as the “most impressive” turnaround it has seen since the start of its new inspection regime in 2013.

Andrew Morris

Frimley chief calls for increase in NHS takeoversSubscription

The NHS should do trust takeovers on a “bigger scale” when the conditions are right, the chief executive of Frimley Health Foundation Trust has said.

Chaand Nagpaul

BMA to canvass GPs over 'mass resignation'Subscription

The British Medical Association has pulled back from calling for mass GP resignations, with local leaders instead demanding the union canvass providers’ support in case their demands for “emergency” support are not met.

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CQC makes wage pledge in bid to dampen patient expert rowSubscription

The Care Quality Commission has made a six-month wage guarantee to its “experts by experience” in an attempt to dampen escalating controversy over reported moves to cut their pay.

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New NHS review standards inspired by Kirkup inquirySubscription

New standards for NHS organisations to follow when commissioning invited reviews of clinical services have been unveiled by medical royal colleges.

David Behan

Exclusive: Regulators plot new 'single view of quality'Subscription

The Care Quality Commission has promised to develop a “single shared view of quality” across health and care services. It aims to standardise judgements on quality and reduce the regulatory burden.


Fees hike will make CQC 'more accountable', says BehanSubscription

Increasing the share of the Care Quality Commission’s funding made up by fees will make it “more accountable” to providers, the chief executive of the regulator has said.

Hands up

Healthwatch England will have ‘freedom to criticise CQC’Subscription

Healthwatch England will remain free to criticise the Care Quality Commission even after it has been “embedded” into the regulator, the CQC’s chief executive has promised.


Exclusive: Troubled FT starts search for acquisition or merger partnerSubscription

A troubled foundation trust is looking for a merger or acquisition partner after concluding it no longer has a future as an independent organisation, HSJ can reveal. 

Busy hospital

NICE leak reaction: Trusts should use guidance says college presidentSubscription

All trusts should use the leaked NICE safe staffing guideline for accident and emergency to analyse their staffing levels and what action to take, the president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine has said.

Houses of Parliament

Exclusive: Government 'downgrades' independence of patient champion bodySubscription

The role and independence of the NHS’s official patient champion organisation is being “downgraded”, an HSJ investigation has established.

Sir Mike Richards

Quality and finances 'cannot trump one another', say regulatorsSubscription

NHS Improvement and the Care Quality Commission have told trusts that quality and finances “cannot trump one another”.


Eileen Sills: It will take ‘long time’ to gain whistleblowers’ trustSubscription

The new national whistleblowing guardian has admitted it will take a “long time” to gain the trust of some vocal NHS campaigners.

Dame Eileen Sills

Whistleblower guardian insists frontline connection gives her ‘credibility’Subscription

The new “national guardian” for NHS whistleblowers has said her decision to combine the job with an existing role as a chief nurse gives her “credibility” by keeping her in touch with the front line.

Steve Kell

CQC fee rise would be 'detrimental' to patientsSubscription

NHS Clinical Commissioners has claimed that proposals by the Care Quality Commission to hike provider fees would be “detrimental” to patients.

Dame Eileen Sills

Updated: Top nurse appointed national whistleblowers guardianSubscription

Dame Eileen Sills, the chief nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust, has been appointed by the Care Quality Commission as the first national guardian for NHS whistleblowers.


CQC to have government grant cut by a quarterSubscription

The Care Quality Commission is to have its government grant cut by 25 per cent over the next four years, the regulator has revealed.

Katrina Percy

Trust’s fate unclear as regulators accept Southern Health reviewSubscription

NHS Improvement chief executive designate Jim Mackey has said he accepts the recommendations of the independent review into unexpected deaths at Southern Health Foundation Trust, but the regulator has not yet announced any further enforcement action.

Houses of Parliament

CQC ‘not yet an effective regulator’, say MPsSubscription

The Care Quality Commission is “not yet an effective regulator of health and social care”, a highly critical report by a parliamentary committee has concluded.