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CQC launches urgent inspection at Sherwood Forest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The Care Quality Commission is to carry out an urgent inspection into breast cancer screening, pathology and clinical governance at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The inspection began yesterday (Monday 8 October).

The announcement comes as the trust announces that it is to recall 79 women with regard to test results relating to breast tissue biopsies.

Monitor has also yesterday announced that it is taking regulatory action to ensure that the Trust has strong leadership, is delivering high quality services for local patients and is financially viable. The Trust was found in significant breach of its terms of authorisation on 21 September.

CQC’s inspection team will include experts in breast screening, pathology and clinical governance. David Haslam, CQC’s national clinical advisor, will provide clinical leadership and support to the team.

CQC has also agreed to carry out a “deep dive” review to reassure Monitor about standards of patient care elsewhere at the Trust.

CQC Chief Executive David Behan said: “This urgent inspection will allow us to take an in-depth look at the quality and safety of the trust’s services that relate to breast cancer screening. The action we are taking, alongside Monitor’s intervention, will ensure that both regulators have a good picture of the quality and safety of the trust’s services and the robustness of its governance.”

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About the Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. We make sure that care in hospitals, dental practices, ambulances, care homes, people’s own homes and elsewhere meets government standards of quality and safety – the standards anyone should expect whenever or wherever they receive care. We also protect the interests of vulnerable people, including those whose rights are restricted under the Mental Health Act.

We register services if they meet government standards, we make unannounced inspections of services – both on a regular basis and in response to concerns – and we carry out investigations into why care fails to improve. We continually monitor information from our inspections, from information we collect nationally and locally, and from the public, local groups, care workers and whistleblowers. We put the views, experiences, health and wellbeing of people who use services at the centre of our work and we have a range of powers we can use to take action if people are getting poor care.

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