Regulators’ roles allow for gaps or duplication in monitoring NHS, say MPs

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 06 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1490
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The parallel roles of the two main regulators of the NHS in England, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Monitor, are confusing and could cause gaps in regulation or duplication of work, MPs have warned.

The government should urgently clarify the roles of the regulators to avoid the dangers of confusion that played a part in the failures at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, said MPs on the parliamentary health select committee.

In its report, published on 5 March, the committee said that a review to clarify the roles of Monitor and the CQC was urgently needed before government changes to the NHS that …

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