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New Chief Inspector of Hospitals will inspect Trusts in special measures

The new Chief Inspector of Hospitals will provide the public with assurance that services are safe, effective, caring, well-led and responsive to people’s needs. As Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, told the House on Tuesday: All [hospital trusts] will be inspected again within the next 12 months by the new Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, who starts work today. Last month, Mr. Hunt praised Sir Mike on his recent selection: No one is more committed to […]

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Bucks Health Select Committee today

Today, Bucks County Council’s Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee heard evidence on the progress of the recent Better Healthcare in Bucks changes. I published my written submission here. As I explained at the meeting, I want three big changes: An injection of realism into the debate. I quoted remarks by the Medical Director of NHS England, Sir Bruce Keogh, in The Evidence Base from the Urgent and Emergency Care Review (PDF). He said: Twenty years ago most A&E departments could […]

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MPs meet Prof Sir Bruce Keogh to discuss his hospital mortality investigation

Earlier today, I chaired a meeting between Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, the Medical Director of NHS England, and those MPs for areas served by hospitals subject to his review.  Bucks NHS Trust, which provides services at Wycombe hospital, is to be investigated. We had a constructive discussion of both the review and the situation in each area. It’s clear that the inclusion of at least one hospital for statistical reasons surprised local people. We learned that those statistics are complex […]

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