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New CQC inspection regime uncovers major failings at Bedford hospital trust

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5366 (Published 30 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5366
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

England’s healthcare watchdog the Care Quality Commission has criticised major failings at a hospital trust after one of the first investigations made under its new inspection regime.

The commission identified shortcomings in the emergency department, elderly care, and children’s wards at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust, a 403 bed, acute district general hospital trust serving some 270 000 people. The trust also failed to meet eight of the nine standards it was measured against.1

The commission said that patients were not consistently treated with dignity and respect and there was no evidence that staff caring for people with dementia had been trained properly to deal with their condition. Concerns were also …

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