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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