Croydon University Hospital considered 'high risk' by health watchdog
Croydon University Hospital is one of 44 hospitals considered to be at high risk of providing poor patient care, according to the health watchdog.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) devised an NHS Trust risk rating where band one is considered the highest risk and band six the lowest, and Croydon Health Services NHS Trust was rated band one.
The review formed part of the regulator's new hospital inspection regime, but a spokeswoman for Croydon Health Services said the banding was based on historic data that the trust had already started acting on.
Croydon Health Services was rated at risk in 12 areas including patient survey results and whistle-blowing. The CQC is using the data as part of its new inspection regime.
Professor Mike Richards said the new bands would highlight hospitals where patients may not be receiving "safe, effective and high quality care."
Last month, Croydon University Hospital became one of the first in the country to be visited under the new regime. A full report following the inspection is expected next month.
John Goulston, chief executive of Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, said being involved in the CQC's new inspection regime has allowed the Trust identify areas in which they are making progress and where more needs to be done.
He said: "We are making significant improvements. Our performance against national targets is getting better, we are investing £4.4 million on patient quality including out of hours and elderly services, with £1.1m on more registered nurses.
"We are also transforming adult community services, with Croydon Clinical Commissioning Care Group (CCG) so that we can treat more patients out of hospital and closer to home, where it is best for them.
"The CQC banding is based on a wide range of data, including the 2012 patient survey which we are already acting on.
"We will use the CQC’s inspection report when it is published to ensure we continue to make progress."
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