Healthcare regulator is investigated over role to protect patients

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 16 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7435
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

An urgent investigation by the Department of Health for England into alleged failings at the health and care services watchdog has cast doubts over the organisation’s ability to protect patients from unsafe practices.

The department will report its findings into the functioning of the Care Quality Commission in the New Year. The need for the investigation indicates that Andrew Lansley, the health secretary, may be considering restructuring the body that oversees the NHS.

A health department spokesperson said, “It is essential that the health and care regulator, the CQC, is performing to the highest possible standards. We are currently carrying out a review of the CQC’s …

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