Tackling Care home and nursing shortages

According to healthcare regulator; CQC (Care Quality Commission), 62% of care homes within the NHS are falling short of a ‘good’ rating. One possible cause of this is staffing shortages within care homes across the country and not enough staff on duty. Many care homes were not offering regular one-to-one supervision or annual appraisals as […]

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Are GP working hours safe?

Leading official lays bare GP concerns GP and senior Care Quality Commission official Professor Steve Field has stated that GP’s working hours will need to be closely monitored to ensure the safety of patients and the well being of staff. The chief inspector of family doctors in England has also warned against the rising demands […]

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GP out of hours care improving

CQC gives service the thumbs up Care Quality Commission inspectors reveal that GO out of hours care across England is improving, although weaknesses are still apparent in some areas. The review of 30 services, which covers a third of the population, highlighted problems with recruitment processes and medicines management, although generally concluding that services were […]

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GP surgeries could close under special measures

First time national failure regime has been introduced in England The Care Quality Commission has revealed that the special measures scheme used for hospitals will now be rolled out across GP practices, with failing surgeries facing closure. The initiative will start in October and will involve 8,000 practices being inspected by March 2016. This is […]

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32 hospitals declared as putting patients at risk

CQC labels hospitals who have been non-compliant for extended periods of time The Care Quality Commission have discovered more than 10 NHS hospital trusts who have fallen short of quality standards for over two years, potentially putting patients in the firing line for unsafe care. The health watchdog pointed the finger at 32 hospital locations, […]

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Whistleblowers moan about GP’s

Complaining calls have doubled The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have received double the amount of complaints from whistleblowers, speaking out about standards in general practice. The calls from nurses, practice managers and GP’s have increased from 12 in November to 24 in December according to official figures. Revealing problems Steve Field, the chief inspector of […]

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