Trust Rated as Inadequate Once More by Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission has condemned a trust which has failed to improve after a period of continuing poor performance. Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust was rated inadequate back in December 2015, but has failed to make satisfactory improvements in order to be removed from special measures. The trust had particularly attracted the attention of the media when a patient died in the corridors at one of its hospitals. Having reported on the trust, the CQC found that there had been a litany... Readmore

Government Names 27 Hospitals Set to Share £21 Million

The government has identified the 27 hospitals who will benefit from £21 million in new funding. This money is intended to support new triage, streaming and co-located GP services alongside their emergency departments, in an attempt to relieve the pressure on A&E. The £21 million figure follows close on the back of £56 million in funding being provided to 70 hospital trusts in April this year. This £56 million payment also came under the £100 million pound program that was announced... Readmore

NHS Trust Owed £15 Million After Private Firm Liquidation

An NHS trust has found itself £15 million in the hole following the liquidation of a private firm. Imperial College Healthcare Trust is listed as a creditor of London International Hospital Limited, which commenced winding up proceedings on 30 March. Ravenscourt Park Hospital in west London has been sublet to the company since 2007, with a fifteen-year new lease having been taken on the property into 2002. Companies House documents indicate that investors Bhanu Choudhrie and Sudhir Choudhrie... Readmore

Highgate Private Hospital Receives Outstanding Rating from CQC

Highgate Private Hospital received an outstanding rating for well-led services and a good overall grading from the Care Quality Commission. This was the first time that the hospital had undergone an independent inspection from the regulator. Located in an exclusive area of north London, Highgate Private Hospital intends to provide outstanding healthcare for the community. Inspectors found that services at the hospital were particularly consistent, with every other category other than that... Readmore

Six-Month Waits for Surgery Triple in Four Years

The Royal College of Surgeons has stated that the number of patients waiting at least six months for surgery has increased by 300% over the last four years. Over 130,000 patients were forced to wait in excess of half a year for an operation in March, which compares with just 45,000 in March 2013. Nonetheless, although this can be considered worrying data, it should be pointed out that 90% of patients were still treated within 18 weeks. Responding to criticism, a spokeswoman for NHS England... Readmore

CQC Inspectors Criticise Trust Over Missed Deadline

Care Quality Commission inspectors have criticised a troubled hospital trust for failing to meet deadlines related to care. Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust had been particularly criticised for allowing patients to die on trolleys. And the publication of a preliminary report from the commission revealed that patients have been placed on trolleys in the corridors of Accident and Emergency even when space was available. This led to considerable criticism after it was included in May board... Readmore

GPs Request Support in ORder to Challenge CQC Ratings and Inspections

The approach of the Care Quality Commission has been challenged by some prominent individuals working within the healthcare system. While the efforts of the regulator have steadily evolved during its short existence, there is still a feeling that sometimes the standards set by the Care Quality Commission are too stringent. And proposing a motion at the LMC conference in Edinburgh earlier this month, Dr Umar Tahir from Manchester LMC suggested that the commission must change in order to meet... Readmore

New Mental Health Alliance Created in South London

A new contract has been initiated in south London with the aim of revolutionising adult mental health services. South London commissioners have signed off a £650 million deal over the next 10 years, intended to achieve efficiency savings of approximately 10%. Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group and Lambeth council will now begin the process of identifying suitable providers. Those selected will be required to create an alliance, and then coordinate and deliver support and services for those... Readmore

LMCs Call for Capita to be Held to Account

LMCs are calling for NHS England to be held to account over problems with the primary care support service delivered by Capita. And it is also suggested that surgeries affected by the poor working practices of Capita should be offered compensation. LMC leaders have backed a motion which labelled the management of primary care support services by capita as “shambolic”. With extra workload having been incurred in many cases, LMCs believe that many organisations within the healthcare system... Readmore

Care Quality Commission Rates Independent Provider as Outstanding

The Care Quality Commission has rated an independent provider as outstanding; the highest commendation offered by the commission. Horder Centre in Crowborough, East Sussex, has been rated outstanding overall, with its caring and responsive qualities particularly praised. Safety and leadership at the organisation was also considered well above average. Horder Healthcare is responsible for running the organisation, and the private healthcare company indicates that 98 per cent of its outpatient... Readmore

Labour Pledges Additional £37 Billion of NHS Expenditure

The Labour party has indicated its intention to spend an additional £37 billion on the NHS in England over the next five years. This investment will include £10 billion on upgrading key IT systems and repairing buildings. Labour indicates that the plans will be funded by tax increases and capital borrowing. Commenting on the matter, Jeremy Corbyn blamed NHS cyber attacks on Tory cuts, promising that a Labour government would result in a service “fit for the modern day”. But the Tories... Readmore

NHS Bosses Call for Pay Cap to be Lifted to Ensure Safety

NHS bosses have indicated their belief that the pay cut for staff working within the NHS must be lifted in order to ensure patient safety. NHS Providers suggests that the current pay situation in the NHS is causing severe recruitment and retention difficulties. As it stands, pay rises are limited to 1% annually between now and 2019. But NHS Providers has called on whichever party wins the imminent general election to reassess the decision immediately. The Labour Party has stated that... Readmore
This site uses cookies. Find out more about this site’s cookies.