Hospital special measures extended to care homes

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) announced today that it is to extend its system of special measures aimed at improving failing care in hospitals in England to care homes and home care agencies.

The CQC is working with the Adult Social Care sector to put together the new regime of special measures with the aim of implementing it in April 2015. In autumn 2014 the CQC new rating system for care homes will be introduced and will help to identify inadequate care services.

The special measures system for failing hospitals was introduced a year ago and was first applied to 11 failing trust hospitals on 16 July 2013. The CQC has reported "significant improvements" in all 11 with 2 now rated as "good" and a further 3 expected to reach "good" within a reasonable time frame. In addition to the original 11 a further 6 hospital trusts have entered special measures.

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