The full disclosure by CQC on the investigations it had undertaken under Section 48, since its inception in 2009, is uploaded here:
In summary CQC has used its investigative powers, under Section 48, six times since 2009. The details of these six investigations are copied below.
Of note, CQC has not investigated any mental health trusts, despite immense pressure on services and CQC’s admission in July 2016 that almost two thirds of mental health trusts ‘Require Improvement’. It is also despite the fact that some mental health trusts have been found unsafe and have not improved subsequent to warnings by CQC. For example, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. See details of the campaign about NSFT crisis here:
The six investigations by CQC since 2009, using its powers under Section 48:
“University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
In July 2012 we undertook a section 48 investigation into University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. Our published report can be found here: http://www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/20120613_rtx_university_hospitals_of_morecambe_bay_nhs_foundation_trust_investigation_report.final_for_publication_0.pdf
We also conducted a follow up to our investigation, at the same Trust in September 2013. Our published report can be found here: http://www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/20130911_uhmbt_s48_final_for_publication_1.pdf)
Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
In October 2011 we undertook a section 48 investigation into the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. Our published report can be found here: http://www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/20111026_bhrut_investigation_report_final_0.pdf
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
In October 2011 we undertook a section 48 investigation into United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust. Our published report can be found here:
We also conducted a follow up to our investigation, at the same Trust in March 2013. Our published report can be found here: http://www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/old_reports/20130321_ulht_investigation_report_-_final_for_publication.pdf
Take Care Now
We were asked in June 2009 to review the out-of-hours GP arrangements in relation to Take Care Now by NHS East of England. Our published report can be found here:
This gives a figure of six investigations (including follow-up investigations), relating to four provider organisations. Three of those organisations are NHS acute Trusts (of which, one is a Foundation Trust), the fourth is an out of hours primary care service.
None of these investigations were requested by the Secretary of State.”