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More regulation is not the answer to poor care, ministers are told

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7864 (Published 19 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7864
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Leading NHS figures have urged the government not to burden the health service with more regulation in response to the Mid Staffordshire care scandal.

Frances Blunden, senior policy manager at the NHS Confederation, which represents most NHS organisations, said she was “deeply concerned” that ministers might “get hold of regulation as the solution” and that this could inadvertently harm the quality of care.

She said, “Changing regulation is disruptive and costs money. We need to be conscious of that in the current financial situation.”

Blunden said that the regulatory regime was “too remote” and that responsibility for improving quality had to rest with NHS organisations themselves, which needed to be …

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