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    1. October 20, 2014

      14 Care UK homes face investigation

      Care UK, the private equity-owned healthcare business, is facing calls for the Care Quality Commission to investigate 14 of...

    2. August 14, 2014

      Underperforming doctors’ practices in England face closure

      GP practices that provide inadequate care will be given a deadline to improve or face closure as the government clamps down...

    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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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,...

    17. 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...

    18. 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,...

    19. 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,...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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....

    23. 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...

    24. 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,...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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....

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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