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Regulatory bodies agree to streamline NHS inspections in England

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 01 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:14
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The main review and audit bodies for the NHS in England have agreed to streamline inspections of organisations providing healthcare services by agreeing shared systems for assessment and data collection.

    Their concordat aims to reduce the regulatory burden on frontline healthcare staff, while supporting the improvement of services for patients. It hopes to result in more consistent and coherent programmes of inspection. The signatories, which include the Audit Commission, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and the Healthcare Commission, have agreed to establish a health and social care inspection forum, which will be the first time they have worked …

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