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Inspection teams have been at two hospitals in the East Midlands today after they were found to have higher than expected death rates. Both Sherwood Forest and United Lincolnshire NHS Trusts are under investigation. Hospitals in Burton were visited last month.
It comes on the day that tougher Ofsted-style inspections were announced for the NHS.
Michael Sibert reports.
Patients and hospital staff in the Midlands have cautiously welcomed plans for hospitals to have inspections like the ones the government carries out in schools.
Inspectors could come into hospitals for 20 days to check them out - with those failing given warnings to improve. It's been sparked by the poor treatment at Stafford Hospital. .
Information from patients, including whistleblowers, will trigger new Ofsted-style inspections of hospitals. They will aim to completely overhaul the way health and social care is regulated.
The plans come after recommendations made by the Francis inquiry, published earlier this year into failings at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.
David Behan, Care Quality Commission Chief Executive, announcing a consultation on the proposals, said:
Patient and whistleblower experiences will be used to guide specialist teams when deciding which hospitals to inspect, under new Government proposals.
The new inspections, in the style of school Ofsted visits, could last more than 20 days, with follow up inspections for hospitals rated as 'inadequate'.
The new regime for hospitals is due to start in October.
The plans come after recommendations made by the Francis Inquiry, published earlier this year into failings at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.