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Care Quality Commission

Jonathan Fielden

CQC rejects accusations of Hinchingbrooke bias

The leaders of the Care Quality Commission team that rated Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust ‘inadequate’ today issued a strong rejection of claims that their inspection was biased.

Stafford Hospital

CQC could become enforcer of ‘zero harm’ rules

A proposed new law on patient safety would open the door to tougher regulation of health and care providers by the Care Quality Commission, legal experts have told HSJ.

board

Regulator receives first ‘fit and proper person' complaints

A mass referral of more than 20 senior NHS managers has been made to the Care Quality Commission in what will be the first test of the new ‘fit and proper person’ regulations, HSJ can reveal.

Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Circle to challenge 'inadequate' Hinchingbrooke rating

Circle is to challenge the ‘inadequate’ rating Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust was given by the Care Quality Commission.

Computer data

Exclusive: 'Deeply troubling' emails sent from Healthwatch England to CQC during tender

The chief executive of Healthwatch England emailed the Care Quality Commission during a live tender, enquiring whether the regulator’s procurement process could be flexed to help local Healthwatch bidders, HSJ has learned.

Hinchingbrooke

Updated: Hinchingbrooke in special measures after care judged 'inadequate'

Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust has been placed in special measures after the Care Quality Commission rated it ‘inadequate’ on the questions of whether it is caring, safe and well led.

Calendar

Timeline: How HSJ has covered Circle at Hinchingbrooke

For those catching up on the background to the Hinchingbrooke story, here’s a quick guide through HSJ’s coverage of Circle’s involvement over the past four years

Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Updated: Circle to withdraw from Hinchingbrooke contract

Circle Partnership has announced plans to pull out of its 10 year contract to run Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust, the UK’s only privately managed NHS district general hospital.

Simon Stevens

'Success regime' outlined by national officials

Struggling health economies will agree a ‘single, collective short term plan’ as well as medium term proposals for transformation under the ‘success regime’ proposed by national officials for 2015-16.

Workforce

New national advisory board to tackle workforce issues

A new national advisory board with a system-wide coordination role for workforce issues is to be created, the NHS planning guidance has revealed.

David Behan

CQC needs to increase inspection workforce by 66pc in one year

The Care Quality Commission is still 559 inspectors short of the total number it thinks it needs by the end of next year.

Sir Mike Richards

Richards: Fit and proper persons test may end up in court

The final parameters of the new fit and proper test for NHS board members could be set in the courts, the chief inspector of hospitals has predicted

Jill Finney

CQC agrees half a million pound out of court libel deal

The Care Quality Commission has reached an out of court settlement with its former deputy chief executive who had sued for libel

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Dalton's plans to revitalise provider sector unveiled

A long awaited review of NHS provider policy has recommended a suite of measures to re-energise the ‘pipeline’ of would be foundation trusts and accelerate the acquisition or franchising of trusts that cannot demonstrate long term viability in their current form.

Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Hospital inspections in marginal seats could swing general election

Hospital inspections could play a role in deciding the outcome of next year’s general election, according to analysis shared exclusively with HSJ.

David Behan

CQC recruitment difficulties threaten inspection targets

The Care Quality Commission’s struggle to employ enough staff to inspect all acute trusts by the end of next year has been flagged up as a “key risk” by its chief executive.

Blurred hospital corridor with three figures in it

CQC falls well short of targets after safeguarding errors

The Care Quality Commission has been strongly criticised by its own board after admitting to making thousands of errors in its handling of safeguarding worries.

Male GP injecting arm of older woman patient

One in 10 GP practices pose greatest perceived risk

One in 10 GP practices have been assigned the highest category of risk in an ‘intelligent monitoring’ system devised by the Care Quality Commission.

Steve Field

CQC reveals first general practice ratings

The first two GP practices to be rated under the Care Quality Commission’s inspection regime have been assessed as ‘outstanding’.

Jeremy Hunt

Hunt sets out proposals for £10bn savings

The health secretary has pinpointed the areas where the NHS could save £10bn to help close a looming financial gap in the health service

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