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First four hospitals inspected under new regime are found to be safe

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7031 (Published 22 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7031
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The first four inspections under a new, more rigorous hospital inspection regime for England have found understaffing, problems in accident and emergency services, long waits, and shortcomings in the care of older patients.1

But all four hospitals, including Croydon University Hospital in South London, which was chosen for inspection partly because the trust that runs it scored among the worst in England in a national survey of inpatients in 2012-13, were deemed to be generally safe and effective.

Croydon’s emergency unit, however, was still “not consistently providing safe care,” the Care Quality Commission concluded. There were “serious concerns” …

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