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London’s St George’s hospital trust in special measures by the CQC

The trust responsible for one of the UK’s largest teaching hospitals will be placed in special measures after it was rated inadequate.

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was told by the CQC that services had deteriorated in the past two years.

The trust comprises St George’s and Queen Mary’s hospitals in south-west London and serves 1.3 million people.

It said it had made “real progress” since the June inspection.

But interim hospital trust chairman Sir David Henshaw, part of a new leadership team, said: “There will be no quick fix to the problems we face.

“Many of these challenges are due to very poor board and senior management decisions in the past and a failure to tackle the big challenges head on.

“We owe it to our staff and patients to make St George’s better again. The CQC’s report is a key part of this improvement journey.”

Read more at BBC Health.

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