Chief hospital inspector defends scrutiny system

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 04 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1911
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

England’s chief inspector of hospitals, Mike Richards, has issued a robust defence of healthcare inspections after a prominent health commentator labelled them a waste of money that led to problems being covered up in the NHS.

In a debate at the Health and Care Innovation Expo in Manchester on 3 March, Richards insisted that the new inspection regime by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) would raise quality and highlight good performance, as well as rooting out poor care in the system. …

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