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Trust receives licence to provide patient care

The Care Quality Commission has confirmed today (Friday 26 March) that the London Ambulance Service has been registered to provide services under a new, tougher system for regulating standards in the NHS.

From 1 April, 381 NHS trusts in England have to be registered with the Care Quality Commission by law to provide care. Trusts must show that they meet new essential standards of quality and safety, which the regulator will monitor.

The new standards cover important issues for patients, such as treating people with respect, involving them in decisions about their care, keeping clinical areas clean, and ensuring services are safe.

The Care Quality Commission has stronger enforcement powers than previously. If a trust is not meeting standards, the regulator can issue a warning notice, followed by fines, prosecution, restrictions on activities or in extreme cases, closure.

For more information, visit the Care Quality Commission website.

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