Healthcare Commission slams proposed merger with two other NHS inspectorates

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 17 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:117
  1. Rebecca Coombes
  1. 1London

    An “unnecessary” £140m (€184m; $274m) shake-up of healthcare regulation in England will threaten patient safety, the chairman of the NHS healthcare inspectorate told MPs last week.

    Professor Sir Ian Kennedy, who chairs the Healthcare Commission, said that merging his organisation with the social care and mental health inspectorates in a “bonfire of the regulators” was a hugely misjudged plan that would dent confidence in regulation among patients, clinicians, and NHS leaders.

    In his speech to the Labour Party conference last year, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said that a stronger …

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