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Health Secretary Matt Hancock has launched an investigation into the case of an autistic girl said to have been detained in a "cell-like" hospital room for almost two years.Labour raised concerns over 17-year-old Bethany, who MPs heard also has extreme anxiety, and urged the Government to act to stop vulnerable…
The prison service and local authorities are failing to plan for a rise in elderly, ill and frail inmates, a new report warns.Many older jails are ill-equipped for prisoners in wheelchairs or with mobility problems, the assessment by two watchdogs found.HM Inspectorate of Prisons and the Care Quality Commission flagged…
Disjointed health and social care services are placing increasing pressure on A&E departments in England, the independent health regulator has warned. A report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) suggests there is growing "care injustice" in access to services across the country. It said "ineffective collaboration" is driving demand for…
Sexual incidents are "commonplace" on mental health wards, a new report suggests. Patients and staff have been left distressed after receiving unwanted advances and being spoken to in a sexualised manner, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said. The regulator is calling for new national guidance to improve safety on mental…
The health watchdog has taken action after an inspection at a hospital brought up a "number of concerns" surrounding its A&E department, particularly with regard to whether staff were identifying patients with suspected sepsis effectively. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said inspectors also found that care records were not always…
A health watchdog has raised concerns over how some diagnostic services are run after finding that tens of thousands of patients were caught up in backlogs. Backlogs in radiology services meant some test results at one trust were not assessed for eight months, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found. The…
Health and social care organisations are prioritising individual performance over patients, the health watchdog has warned. Local leaders should be incentivised to work together and judged on how well the system as a whole is meeting the needs of elderly people, according to a report by the Care Quality Commission…
An embattled hospital trust will remain in special measures, despite making marked progress in the last 18 months, after inspectors found four of its five criteria were below the required standard. The health and social care regulator, the Care Quality Commission, found United Hospitals Lincolnshire NHS Trust (UHLT) had issues…
The independent quality regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), has published a new series of resources – ‘Learning from safety incidents’ – to help those in charge of running health and care organisations ensure the safety and well-being of people using their services. Developed to share common critical issues initially…
A hospital where patients were left waiting on trolleys and delays were "manipulated" to make them appear less frequent has been told it must improve. Inspectors from health watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) praised staff at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital but said they were unable to provide…
Patients with pre-existing mental health conditions feel they are treated with less respect and dignity while staying in hospital, according to the results of a wide-ranging survey. This group reported worse experiences across most areas of care, including how well their needs and preferences were respected, than those without diagnosed…
Action is needed to "keep patients safe" in A&Es, the health watchdog has warned. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said that safety is a "key area of concern" in urgent and emergency care departments - with almost two thirds (64%) not performing well enough in terms of patient safety. As…
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