Junior doctors are key to scrutiny of hospitals, says chief inspector

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 01 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4320
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Doctors—and particularly junior doctors—have a key role in the new hospital inspection system, Michael Richards, England’s chief inspector of hospitals, told a conference at BMA House on 26 June.

“I want to recruit you,” he told the audience of junior doctors attending the eighth annual Agents for Change conference, backed by The BMJ, which aims to encourage trainees to become empowered as agents of better care for patients. Richards said that the new inspections launched since he became chief inspector 11 months ago always involved a focus group of junior doctors who work at the hospital, while the 30 strong inspection teams always included doctors in training from other trusts. “You can tell us what’s going on,” he said.

Saahil Mehta, a junior doctor who is on an attachment to the NHS’s national medical director, Bruce …

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