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England's top hospital inspector has warned that safety remains a "real concern" in the NHS after it emerged four out of five NHS trusts need to improve on patient safety. Professor Sir Mike Richards said the NHS "stands on a burning platform" following the first round of new inspections of…
An investigation has been launched into the death of an 87-year-old man after a lift he was using collapsed at a care home. The man died in Salford Royal Hospital after being injured at the Serendipity Care Home in Urmston (pictured), Greater Manchester. Detective Chief Inspector Paul Parker, of Greater…
A care provider has been fined after an elderly woman suffered serious burns when she fell against an uncovered radiator in a residential home. The Care Quality Commission (CQC), which brought the prosecution, said dementia sufferer Kathleen Walters, 79, needed skin grafts after falling against the radiator in her en-suite…
A care home in Holloway, north London, has been rated Inadequate by the Care Quality Commission. St Mungo’s Broadway – 2 Hilldrop Road, has been rated Inadequate overall. It was rated Inadequate for being safe, effective and well-led. It was rated Requires Improvement for being caring and responsive, following the…
One of Britain's biggest abortion providers put women at risk by failing to adequately train staff and neglecting to obtain proper consent from patients, a watchdog report has revealed. Staff at Marie Stopes International (MSI) had "limited training" in resuscitation and clinicians were found to be "bulk-signing" forms authorising abortions,…
The biggest hospital in Europe has been ordered to improve security on its maternity ward after inspectors found that mothers "might leave the unit with the wrong baby". Some babies born at The Royal London Hospital had no name tags - which could lead to them going home with the…
NHS trusts will be required to collect and publish the number of preventable deaths recorded on a hospital by hospital basis from next year, Jeremy Hunt has announced. A report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found "system-wide" problems in the way the NHS investigates preventable patient deaths with family…
There are "system-wide" problems in the way NHS investigates patient deaths which leave family members in the dark about failures in care, a damning new review has found. The review by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) highlights how NHS Trusts in England are "immediately on the defensive" with one family…
Broadmoor, the psychiatric hospital that has housed some of the UK's most notorious killers, has been told it must urgently improve. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has issued a warning notice to West London Mental Health NHS Trust saying it must make "significant improvements" at the high security hospital. Inspectors…
Companies that provide care to the elderly and disabled are increasingly handing back contracts to local authorities because they are not being paid enough, the leader of the health regulator in England has said. The problem arises mostly with smaller providers, said David Behan, chief executive of the Care Quality…
NHS whistleblowers face being "fired, gagged and blacklisted" while disclosures go uninvestigated due to the healthcare regulator's lack of powers and resources, a group of doctors, staff and patients has warned. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) was criticised for being "low value" by the group which has called for radical…
Average care home prices have jumped by almost a quarter in a year despite declining quality, according to a new analysis. A review of care home ratings shows that care in the South East and North West is the most likely to be of poor quality, compared with the rest…
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