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Watchdog could close hospitals in a day to tackle infections

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39381.464907.DB (Published 01 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:904
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. London

    A new health watchdog could have the power to close English hospitals in 24 hours to fight against infections acquired in healthcare settings, the Department of Health has announced.

    The Care Quality Commission will be able to shut down wards and hospitals; carry out inspections; and fine underperforming healthcare providers. The government will also give the regulator new powers that cover private hospitals and healthcare providers.

    The health secretary, Alan Johnson, said, “Despite progress, tackling infection remains a challenge for the NHS. I am determined that we will take …

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