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Colchester hospital put in 2nd highest risk category
6:00am Monday 28th October 2013 in News
COLCHESTER’S hospitals have been placed in the second highest “at risk” category as part of a reviewby regulators.
The Care Quality Commission has monitored all hospital trusts and placed them into six bands based on care.
Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Colchester General and Essex County hospitals, has been placed in the second highest group.
The findings are based on monitoring by the Care Quality Commission, which looked at death rates, patient surveys and serious errors.
The bands will be used to prioritise which trusts are visited first under the regulator’s new inspection regime.
Colchester is one of 44 trusts to be put into the two highest risk categories, one quarter of all trusts in the country.
Every trust in the country will have been inspected under the new scheme by 2015, with the first batch due to be finished by Christmas.
A spokesman for Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust said: “The quality of the care and treatment we provide was comprehensively reviewed as part of the Keogh process four months ago.
It confirmed our hospitals are improving but we need to make further changes and to accelerate the pace of improvement.
“We have reported on the progress we’ve made against our improvement programme and remain focused on doing everything possible to help us achieve our aspiration of consistently excellent hospitals and care.”
Each inspection will seek to answer five questions about services: Are they safe, caring, effective, well-led and responsive to people needs?
Inspectors will then judge the quality and safety of the care, giving either an outstanding, good, requiring improvement or inadequate rating.
Colchester’shospital trust was one of 14 inspected by the Government as part of the Keogh review into high death rates in July.
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