Watchdog to get tough on NHS15th October 2009
The Care Quality Commission has told as many as one in eight NHS trusts that they must urgently improve the care they provide.
The warning comes as ratings on England's 392 trusts have been published and ahead of new powers the CQC will receive from next April to close down any of the 47 underachieving trusts down.
Despite the failures, there are a number of areas that the regulator point to as successes, including the notable achievement of most patients in England receiving hospital treatment within 18 weeks.
The CQC also noted that 98% of the 19 million patients who attended A&E waited less than four hours.
NHS Ratings Health Minister Mike O'Brien said the report showed improving standards across the health service.
"We have transformed the waiting experience for millions of patients and now have the shortest waits on record. MRSA and C difficile infections have been significantly reduced and over three quarters of GP surgeries are providing extended opening hours, giving patients greater choice and more convenient access to GPs," he said.
More than half of primary care trusts were rated good or excellent, with many patients reporting being able to get an appointment within two days.
But there were regional variations and trusts in London showed particularly poor performances on patient satisfaction with appointments and opening times.
Also, fewer mental health trusts were rated excellent or good and ambulance services also failed to perform as well as last year, though the CQC praised the general response to emergency calls.
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Thursday 15th October 2009 @ 19:18
Well done CQC!
Ever since CSCI changed it's name, everyone in the care industry has been waiting to see if CQC has any teeth in which to bite the industry with. It looks like that, after months of 'organising it's affair's' it has emerged from it's chrysalis not as a harmless butterfly, but as a twin machine-gun mounted dragonfly, ready to give the care industry a good seeing to.
I for one will be watching the events of the next few months with interest.
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Title: Watchdog to get tough on NHS
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 12915
Date Added: 15th Oct 2009