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Early monitoring by CQC raises concerns

A quarter of hospital Trusts in England are at raised risk of providing poor care, a review by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) shows.

The findings are based on CQC monitoring of a host of data, including death rates, serious errors and patient surveys, and come as part of the regulator's new hospital inspection regime, which will see inspectors go into every Trust by 2015. The first inspections got under way in September and by Christmas the first 18 will have been completed. The process will result in every Trust being given a rating of either 'outstanding', 'good', 'requires improvement' or 'inadequate'.

The current review found 44 out of 161 Trusts fell into the two highest risk categories. The CQC has pointed out that these findings are not a final judgement, but would be used to prioritise which Trusts to inspect earlier in the process.The regulator has assessed each Trust's performance against up to 150 different indicators.