Health teams target Croydon

The Care Quality Commission's new programme of hospital inspections starts today with an inspection of Croydon Health Services NHS Trust.

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Several other London NHS trusts criticised

Croydon may be under scrutiny today, but it's not the only London trust to have garnered attention for its failings.

  • Newham General was found to be providing inadequate care and protection for its patients.
  • Enfield's Chase Farm Hospital was found to be keeping records badly, as well as being short-staffed.
  • And Basildon Hospital has been under investigation for its high death rates

The new enhanced inspections are intended to identify and stop these problems sooner.

By the end of the year the CQC will visit 18 hospitals - with its reputation at stake, along with the health of countless patients.

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