Under the new system the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will label hospitals as outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate.
It follows on from this week’s damning report by Sir Bruce Keogh into 14 failing hospitals – including Russell’s Hall Hospital in Dudley – where death rates were higher than expected. The CQC system is designed to expose poor and mediocre care, as well as highlight successful hospitals.
The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust is included in the first wave of 18 trusts to be inspected.
Visits by inspectors could be unannounced and may take place during evenings and weekends, when hospitals are busiest.
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