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CQC sets out new inspection regime for hospitals in England

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4631 (Published 18 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4631
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

England’s healthcare watchdog the Care Quality Commission is overhauling how it inspects hospitals after a review of 14 hospitals with higher than expected death rates found that its current processes had missed significant problems.

The review, led by Bruce Keogh, the medical director of the NHS in England, resulted in 11 of the hospitals being put into “special measures,” meaning that they need external support to improve.1 Significant concerns were raised about the quality of care at the other three trusts.

Mike Richards, the chief inspector of hospitals at the CQC, told a press conference on 17 July that the Keogh review had shown that the way inspections were conducted needed to change. He said that the approach taken by the review was a powerful one, which the commission could build on. Richards was involved with five of …

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