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Privately run trust is first in England to be rated “inadequate” on patient care

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 12 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h179
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

England’s first privately run NHS hospital has been placed into special measures by the Care Quality Commission after it uncovered serious failings at the trust. Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust in Cambridgeshire received an overall rating of “inadequate” after an inspection, which raised particular concerns about its emergency and medical care services.1

The hospital, which was franchised when the private firm Circle took over its management in 2012, was rated as “inadequate” with regard to whether its services were safe, well led, and caring and as “requiring improvement” on the effectiveness and responsiveness of its services.

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