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Tuesday 25th June 2019

Spot checks for hospitals

26th October 2011

Health secretary Andrew Lansley is planning for hundreds of care homes and hospitals to face unannounced spot checks in the next six months because of growing fears that patient care is deteriorating.

The move is part of a new drive to push up clinical standards and shore up hospitals in financial difficulty as the government vows to root out pockets of poor performance within the NHS. It comes after a series of inspections found that standards of care for the elderly at 100 hospitals identified serious problems where patient dignity was not being respected.


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