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Hospital halts child surgery

A private hospital in Surrey has suspended children's surgery after the health watchdog raised "serious concerns" about the service. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) demanded immediate improvements at the BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital in Guildford.

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Hospital: We let our patients down and we apologise

Following a suspension of children's surgery by the BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital in Guildford after a Care Quality Commission inspection, BMI says the failings have been "fully addressed".

The hospital's practices let BMI and our patients down and I apologise for that. In 2012 we were not maintaining the high standards that we and our regulators demand at Mount Alvernia.

However our staff responded selflessly and, with a strengthened team and support from our national clinical experts, have ensured that the failings identified at the turn of the year are now fully addressed and that the hospital continues to provide the high quality care for which it is known and which prevail across our other hospitals.

– Chief executive of BMI Healthcare Stephen Collier

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