After period of failure, NHS regulator is now fit for purpose, say MPs

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 22 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g434
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The Care Quality Commission, formerly “a case study in how not to run a regulator,” has turned itself around under new management and is now on the way to effective regulation of healthcare in England, says the House of Commons Health Committee.

The previous regime of hospital inspection was a “failure,” the MPs said, but they believed that the commission was now “ready to undertake a programme of substantial reform to develop and improve its regulatory functions.”

The CQC has undergone a complete reorganisation under its new chief executive, David Behan, and new chairman, David Prior. It has instituted longer, in-depth specialist hospital inspections under a new chief inspector of hospitals, Mike Richards, with teams including clinicians and patients inspecting against specified standards.

A damning report by the management consultancy firm Grant Thornton into the …

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