CQC to change inspections

The Care Quality Commission is set to introduce radical changes to the way hospitals in England are inspected. Following on from the review carried out by Sir Bruce Keogh, it will be introduced by the end of the month.

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Barts Trust says it will 'improve' on inspection review

Barts Health NHS Trust.

Barts Healthcare NHS Trust is bracing itself for a rigorous inspection by the Care Quality Commission's new Chief Inspector of Hospitals, after it was deemed a 'high risk' under new guidelines.

A trust spokeswoman said: "We continue to strengthen the quality of care for our patients following our recent merger and welcome the new inspection process. We will use the findings to continue to build high quality services and to address any areas in need of improvement."

South London trust welcome CQC inspection

South London Healthcare Trust has welcomed the Care Quality Commission's restructuring of its inspection process, after a report found that 14 trusts were in "breach of care". Following the new guidelines, four more London trusts have been identified as 'higher risk'.

A spokesperson for the trust said today:

We welcome the opportunity to work with the CQC to ensure that as the hospitals currently part of SLHT move into new organisations, the services consistently meet the standards that patients would expect.

The CQC has made clear that its decision to include SLHT in this wave of inspections is not based on safety or leadership concerns and in the past three years there has been good progress in some safety areas including overall mortality, stroke, maternity and infection rates.

However, the CQC has found that the organisation is at a higher risk when looking at some care issues that have been identified through patient feedback and complaints, and also some GMC concerns.

We are committed to ensuring the safety of our patients and to improving the quality of care. We recognise that we can improve what we do and look forward to working with experienced experts from the CQC to learn where improvements can be made.

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More London hospital trusts identified as 'high risk'

A further six hospital trusts have been identified as 'high risk', according to the Care Quality Commission, following on from the review carried out by Sir Bruce Keogh, which found that 14 trusts had high mortality rates.

Four of the hospital trusts have been identified in London:

  • Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
  • South London Healthcare NHS Trust

CQC to introduce changes to hospital inspections

The Care Quality Commission is set to introduce radical changes to the way hospitals in England are inspected.

Following on from the review carried out by Sir Bruce Keogh, which found that 14 trusts had high mortality rates, the changes will be introduced by the end of the month.

As part of the changes the CQC introduced a new method to assess the level of risk of poor care at each trust, and four London NHS trusts are amongst the worst six in the country.

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