MPs question possible head of new English commission

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 15 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1090
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1Margate

The potential head of the new regulator for all health, mental health, and social care services in England has admitted that she has a lack of real knowledge of social care.

Barbara Young (Baroness Young of Old Scone) appeared last week before the parliamentary health select committee at its first ever pre-appointment hearing—a new type of session in which the committee vets people for posts relating to protecting public interests.

Baroness Young, currently chief executive of the Environment Agency, is the government’s candidate to chair the new Care Quality Commission, which from October will take over the regulatory work of the …

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