Healthcare commission claims it has succeeded in improving standards

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 23 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1219
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    A combination of ongoing regulation and targeted investigations of service providers has resulted in significant improvement in the quality of care of patients, the Healthcare Commission, England’s healthcare watchdog, has claimed in an assessment of its work over the past five years.

    The commission, which is being subsumed into a larger body on 1 April (see News, BMJ 2009;338:b1193, doi:10.1136/bmj.b1193), has assessed the effect of independent regulation on outcomes and quality of care since 2004, when it was set up. It has found “robust evidence from evaluation work that supports the view that regulation has made an important contribution as part of the overall system for improving the quality of care,” it says in its report of the assessment.

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