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Regulator warns privately run NHS hospital over standards of care

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 29 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5926
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

The United Kingdom’s only privately run NHS hospital has been warned over poor standards of care by the healthcare regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Managers at Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust in Cambridgeshire, which is run by Circle Health, have been urged to tackle “poor care provided to patients” ahead of the publication of a full report of a recent CQC inspection of the trust. Hinchingbrooke became the first UK hospital to be taken over by a private company when Circle was awarded a 10 year franchise to run the trust in 2012.1

After the inspection a letter from the regulator to the trust’s chief executive, Hisham Abdel-Rahman, obtained through a leak to …

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