Chief inspector welcomes special measures decision

Professor Sir Mike Richards has welcomed the decision to place the Trust in special measures.

The chief inspector of hospitals has welcomed the decision to place Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust in special measures.

Professor Sir Mike Richards, who is tasked with overhauling how hospitals are checked following the Stafford Hospital scandal, said:

"We welcome Monitor's decision to accept my recommendation to place Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust in special measures.

"I am pleased that information from CQC's inspection has resulted in the action that is being taken by Monitor to improve services at the trust. CQC will continue to monitor the trust in line with its regulatory responsibilities and this will include further inspections."

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Hospital put in special measures

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust has been placed in special measures by health sector regulator Monitor.