In July last year, Tameside Hospital was placed in ‘special measures’ following a damning report into patient care. Seven months on, the hospital is said to be making exceptional progress after inspection body, Monitor, issued an updated report.

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NHS or bust

Last year, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) appointed David Prior as Chairman following a series of scandals that shook public trust in the NHS. In an article for The Telegraph, Mr Prior discusses his vision for the service and describes how...Read more


A new scheme will require nurses and midwives to undergo competency checks to certify whether they are fit to work.

The proposed scheme, called Revalidation, will take place every three years and...Read more

Five star service?

Following a successful three month pilot, the NHS is to move ahead with Care Connect, its patient feedback website. Tim Kelsey, the NHS director in charge of patients and information, has announced that the site, which is currently running in 20 NHS care trusts in London...Read more

According to a report issued by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), one in three GP practices in England is failing to meet basic standards, with two percent of those found to have “really, really serious” problems.

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An article written in The Guardian by Steve Melton, chief executive of the Circle Partnership said “Firstly, transparency is not a cure…If poorly managed; it can lead to more cover ups… Secondly, patients rarely act like the empowered customers we need them to be.”

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