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Former head of NHS watchdog attacks MPs’ inquiry into patient safety

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4604 (Published 05 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4604
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    The head of the former NHS watchdog, Ian Kennedy, has spoken out against MPs in the parliamentary health select committee about their recent inquiry into patient safety.

    The committee published a special follow-up report on 4 November on this inquiry, which originally reported in July.

    The latest report details responses from Professor Kennedy; Monitor, the independent regulator for NHS foundation trusts; and the current NHS watchdog, the Care Quality Commission.

    Professor Kennedy said that he was “disappointed” at the views expressed in the original report about regulation in England and Wales by the Healthcare Commission, of which he was chairman before the Care Quality Commission …

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