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High-risk South London Healthcare Trust to be subjected to radical inspection

PUBLISHED: 11:28 18 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:42 18 July 2013

South London Healthcare Trust will be subjected to a 'radical inspection' by the CQC

South London Healthcare Trust will be subjected to a 'radical inspection' by the CQC

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South London Healthcare Trust is to receive a radical new inspection - and it has been labelled a 'high-risk' trust.

SLHT, which is due to be dissolved in October but runs Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup, the Princess Royal University Hospital in Orpington and Queen Elizabeth in Woolwich, is one of 18 hospital trusts which will initially be subjected to more rigorous inspections.

The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) new chief inspector of hospitals Prof Sir Mike Richards is introducing changes to the way hospitals in England are inspected following a number of high profile hospital scandals, such as Stafford and Morecambe Bay.

SLHT is one of six trusts which has been described as high-risk.

A trust spokesman said: “This is not based on safety or leadership concerns.

“However, the CQC has found that the organisation is at a higher risk when looking at some care issues that have been identified through patient feedback and complaints, and also some General Medical Council concerns.”

The changes will be introduced by the end of next month.

The health watchdog will spend longer inspecting hospitals and cover every site that delivers acute services and eight key areas; A&E; maternity and paediatrics; acute medical and surgical pathways; care for the frail elderly; end of life care; and outpatients.

The inspections will be a mixture of unannounced and announced and they will include inspections in the evenings and weekends when people can experience poor care.

Sir Mike will decide whether hospitals should be rated as outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate.

It is hoped this will give people a clear picture of the quality of their local hospital.

Where there are failures in care, Sir Mike will work with NHS England, Monitor, and the NHS Trust Development Authority to make sure a clear programme is put in place to deal with the problems.

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