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'Ofsted' hospital inspections

Patient and whistleblower experiences will be used to guide specialist teams when deciding which hospitals to inspect, under new Government proposals. The new inspections will be in the style of school Ofsted visits.

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Patient experience to trigger hospital inspections following Stafford Hospital failings

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.

These changes mark a break from the past for the CQC [Care Quality Commission]. We have not been looking at the right things when we have inspected hospitals and we have not had the right level of clinical expertise to get under the skin of organisations. These proposals firmly put patients at the heart of what we do.

It should mean that when someone goes into hospital they have confidence that the hospital is getting the basic aspects of care right - the kind of care we all have a right to expect. These standards were not met at Stafford hospital.

– David Prior, CQC chairman

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