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To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons it took the Care Quality Commission seven months to publish its inspection report on Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust; whether that Trust has resolved the issues identified in that report in the period between inspection and publication; and if he will make a statement.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspected Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust between May and June 2016. As Bridgewater is of a particular size and complexity the post inspection and pre-publication processes took longer than the usual set timescale and were not completed until October 2016. The report was published on the CQC website on 6 February 2017 and a quality summit held on 20 February 2017 with representatives from the CQC, NHS England and NHS Improvement. Bridgewater is due to submit an action plan to the CQC for consideration with a follow up engagement meeting planned for April 2017. A re-inspection of the trust will be discussed as part of our regulatory planning process.