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CQC response to the Dr Foster mortality report

Commenting on the Dr Foster report about mortality rates, Professor Edward Baker, Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals, said: “We are pleased to see the progress made by many of the original 11 hospitals placed into special measures in further reducing their mortality rates.

“It is also notable that there is a good correlation between the pattern of mortality rates and our inspection findings, with the trusts showing the strongest turnaround in mortality being the first that we recommended should come out of special measures and those that we said should remain in special measures not showing the same improvement in mortality as those that have exited.

“We are impressed by the leadership shown in many of these trusts that has led to these measurable improvements in quality.

“Our new inspection model has helped us get under the skin of hospitals so we now assess whether care is either outstanding, good, requires improvement or is inadequate. The special measures process is doing what it set out to do, and I am confident that it will lead to further improvements."

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We make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and we encourage care services to improve.

We monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and we publish what we find to help people choose care.


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