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Regulator launches consultation proposals on new hospital inspection regime

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3955 (Published 19 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3955
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Patients in England will be better served by a new regime of hospital inspection and regulation that will produce “definitive” ratings of care quality, the Care Quality Commission has said.

The CQC’s chairman, David Prior, said that inspectors would focus on “things that are meaningful to people, not on bureaucratic processes,” and that the new regime would be a radical break from the past.

Under the consultation proposals, published on 17 June, specialist teams would inspect hospitals to check whether …

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