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New CQC chairman plans changes to sharpen the regulator’s performance

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8319 (Published 05 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8319
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The man set to chair the main watchdog for NHS organisations in England has promised to sharpen its performance and ensure no more scandals such as those at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust or the Winterbourne View care home.1 2

David Prior, who has been named as the government’s preferred candidate for the post of chairman of the Care Quality Commission, appeared before the parliamentary health select committee as part of a pre-appointment hearing on 5 December.

Prior is chairman of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is also a qualified barrister, spent 10 years in the steel industry, and was a Conservative MP …

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