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Care risk 'at one in four hospitals'

Almost a quarter of NHS trusts in England have been identified as high risk and may not be offering safe care at a high level of quality to patients, the care watchdog has warned.

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CQC using 'intelligent monitoring' to inform inspections

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is using the data - called intelligent monitoring - to inform its new inspection regime of all NHS trusts by December 2015.

Following these detailed inspections, trusts will be given Ofsted-style school ratings on care of "outstanding", "good", "requires improvement" and "inadequate".

As a doctor, I liken intelligent monitoring to a screening test; our inspection combined with intelligent monitoring provides the diagnosis, following which we make a judgment, which will in turn lead to action.

Our intelligent monitoring helps to give us a good picture of risk within trusts, showing us where we need to focus our inspections.

We aim to publish the results at regular intervals. They will provide the basis for constant contact with NHS hospitals and other NHS organisations, and may lead to inspections in response to particular issues.

– Professor Sir Mike Richards, the CQC's chief inspector of hospitals

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