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  1. December 12, 2013

    GP surgery inspections uncover serious failings

    One-third of general practice surgeries recently inspected across England are failing to meet basic standards, the first...

  2. December 6, 2013

    Private sector shows its caring side at UK NHS hospital

    The first privately run NHS hospital has earned high ratings in two national reports on care standards – increasing the...

  1. November 8, 2013

    NHS targets don’t hurt patients – managers do

    Inspectors have found evidence of cancer records at an Essex hospital being tampered with, potentially putting patients at...

  2. October 1, 2013

    Care Quality Commission to be given greater independence

    The health regulator, the Care Quality Commission, is to be given greater independence from ministerial control, Jeremy Hunt...

  3. August 2, 2013

    Private health company paid £53m to terminate contract

    A private health company has been paid £53m by the government as part of a deal to terminate its contract to run a surgical...

  4. June 21, 2013

    Pressure rises for UK’s physician to heal itself

    It has been the week when the language of political cover up has entered the lexicon of the National Health Service. “Are...

  5. June 21, 2013

    Hunt calls for an end to ‘silent scandal’ of substandard NHS care

    The “silent scandal” of substandard care must be tackled in the NHS, the health secretary said on Friday, as he appealed for...

  6. June 21, 2013

    Curing the ills of Britain’s NHS

    The National Health Service will in two weeks’ time mark its 65th anniversary. This should be a day of celebration for what...

  7. June 21, 2013

    Health secretary sets out plans for reforming service watchdog

    Jeremy Hunt, health secretary, set out plans on Friday morning to reform the way health services are inspected, after it was...

  8. June 20, 2013

    Former CQC head attended meeting that discussed baby death report

    The former head of the Care Quality Commission attended a meeting where the suppression of a report about its failure to...

  9. June 17, 2013

    New Ofsted-style NHS inspection regime to begin in October

    The next step in a drive to regain public confidence in the NHS following hundreds of avoidable deaths at a Staffordshire...

  10. May 30, 2013

    Closure of NHS walk-in centres sparks inquiry amid A&E complaints

    An official inquiry into the closure of NHS walk-in centres is to be launched amid complaints that the loss of capacity is...

  11. February 12, 2013

    Hunt unveils hospitals’ ‘failure regime’

    Underperforming hospitals will be put into a “failure regime”, the health secretary said on Tuesday, as he outlined a...

  12. February 5, 2013

    Cameron to attack hospital lapses

    David Cameron, the prime minister, will criticise “unacceptable” lapses of care at a Staffordshire hospital on Wednesday as...

  13. February 3, 2013

    Hunt plans to name failing hospitals

    Failing hospitals will be publicly named for the first time under a system of Ofsted-style inspections to be introduced by...

  14. August 6, 2012

    Final guilty plea in care home abuse case

    All 11 defendants accused of mistreating adults at Winterbourne View care home in Gloucestershire have now admitted guilt,...

  15. April 5, 2012

    Lansley under fire over abortion checks

    Andrew Lansley, the health secretary, has come under fire for ordering the healthcare regulator to investigate abortion...

  16. March 30, 2012

    Health regulator still failing, say MPs

    The Care Quality Commission, the health and social care regulator, “has a long way to go” before it becomes effective,...

  17. March 27, 2012

    Health chief fears burden of reforms

    The National Health Service must be on “high alert” for “excessive new burdens” as reforms take shape on the ground,...

  18. February 23, 2012

    Care Quality Commission chief resigns

    Cynthia Bower has resigned as chief executive of the Care Quality Commission, the health and social care regulator, after...

  19. January 11, 2012

    Private chains pressed over breast implants

    Pressure is growing on the two private cosmetic surgery chains that dominated the supply of the faulty PIP breast implants...

  20. December 4, 2011

    The quality of care

    The Care Quality Commission, England’s regulator for health and social care, has scarcely covered itself in glory....

  21. December 2, 2011

    NAO slams health and social care watchdog

    A catalogue of failures by the health and social care regulator has been highlighted in a damning report by the National...

  22. October 26, 2011

    More surprise checks on care homes

    Hundreds of unannounced inspections of care homes and hospitals will be promised by Andrew Lansley, the health secretary,...

  23. October 14, 2011

    Key NHS role to be part-time job

    One of the biggest and most high-profile roles in the public sector – chairing the new National Health Service commissioning...

  24. October 13, 2011

    Bring back matron

    Britain’s National Health Service is in crisis. But the latest crisis is not one of funding per se but how the NHS cares for...

  25. October 13, 2011

    NHS hospitals ‘still failing the elderly’

    A fifth of National Health Service hospitals are breaking the law on care of the elderly, by failing to ensure they receive...

  26. October 4, 2011

    Four Seasons in debt refinancing talks

    Four Seasons Healthcare, which is seeking control of 140 homes formerly managed by Southern Cross to become Britain’s...

  27. September 14, 2011

    MPs attack healthcare regulator

    The Care Quality Commission is failing to focus on its core task of protecting patients and those in care, MPs say on...

  28. July 11, 2011

    Further controls planned amid Southern Cross collapse

    Care home operators face much tougher regulatory controls in the wake of Southern Cross’s collapse as the government...

  29. July 3, 2011

    Four Seasons to take over Southern Cross homes

    Underperforming care homes slated for closure by Southern Cross will be kept open under new management, according to the...

  30. June 30, 2011

    Southern Cross ‘alarm bells’ went unheeded

    Warnings were issued to the Department of Health more than two years ago that Southern Cross, the financially troubled care...

  31. June 15, 2011

    Local Authorities with Southern Cross care homes

    As concerns grow about the future of Southern Cross’s 750-plus care homes, this interactive map shows the English local...

  32. June 12, 2011

    Case study: mother and autistic son

    Sarah did not want her autistic son James to be taken into a private psychiatric unit, but an order under the Mental Health...

  33. June 7, 2011

    Costs for care home operators need addressing

    From Dr Sanjeev Kanoria. Sir, This fragmented industry has a weak voice, which is clear from the response of the chief...

  34. June 7, 2011

    The private sector is not in ‘crisis’ – it has transformed access and choice

    From Mr Andrew Haldenby. Sir, Much of your coverage of the private sector delivery of social care has been misleading....

  35. June 7, 2011

    Question everyone seems to be asking

    From Dr Ian F. Greatorex. Sir, I read Michael Maslinski’s letter (June 6) in which he expressed his outrage at questions...

  36. June 6, 2011

    Care should be the CQC’s focus

    From Mr Michael Maslinski. Sir, Martin Green (Letters, June 1) claims that “the regulator is clearly failing, but the costs...

  37. June 4, 2011

    Old folks homes are businesses where staff sell ‘upgrades’

    From Mr John Gould. Professional service: low­paid carers get satisfaction from their work Sir, A key failing in inspections...

  38. June 4, 2011

    Not exactly what Cameron had in mind

    From Dr Geof Rayner. Sir, I have been following your excellent reports on care homes (May 31) and, doubtless as with other...

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