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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Special measure trusts improving

Chief inspector of hospitals pinpoints strong leadership in trust turnaround Chief Inspector of hospitals Sir Mike Richards has defined strong leadership and good clinical engagement as the two key factors for turning around failing trusts. Marking the year anniversary of the special measures scheme, Sir Richards told the HSJ that the 11 organisations put in […]

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Buddy trusts receive £1.5 million to cover costs

Bonus payments act as an incentive Successful hospitals who have been ‘buddied’ with failing trusts put in special measures, are said to receive £1.5 million to cover their costs. Senior hospital figures have said the regime is better value for money than management consultants, with some NHS trusts set to double their money after helping hospitals […]

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Jeremy Hunt says money shouldn’t affect care standards

A lack of funding is not an excuse for poor care, says the health secretary Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has declared that a lack of money is no excuse to deliver poor care, after the trusts placed in special measures estimate a collective deficit of almost £140 million this year. Five of the 11 trusts […]

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