Regulators of finance and quality of care must stay separate, MPs are told

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 18 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4539
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The financial and the quality regulators in the NHS in England should stay as two separate bodies to avoid the “unmanageable task” of doing both roles, MPs have been told.

It was preferable for Monitor, England’s regulator of foundation trusts, which is set to become the economic regulator of all trusts under the health service reforms, and the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which regulates the quality of health and social care, to remain separate, MPs on the parliamentary health select committee heard.

David Bennett, Monitor’s chairman and interim chief executive, expressed his opinion on the importance of both bodies working closely together but not to merge.

MPs asked Mr Bennett, as part of their …

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