Lack of clarity and high expectations could lead England’s new health regulator to fail

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 03 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7160
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

England’s health regulator is at high risk of failure because of confusion around its precise role and the extent of its responsibilities, says a report.

Monitor, the regulator for NHS foundation trusts, which is due to become the economic regulator for the whole health service in England under the NHS reforms, could fail in its daunting new role thanks to a combination of too many objectives set for it and not enough of a precise role spelt out.

This conclusion was put forward in a new report Economic regulation in health care: What can we learn from other regulators, published on 3 November by health policy think tank the King’s Fund.

Under the proposals contained in the Health and …

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