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Letters Assessing quality of hospitals in England

Chief quality officers should be drawn from chartered quality professionals

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 06 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4873
  1. Philip Carroll, senior associate1,
  2. Philip Pearson, consultant respiratory physician2
  1. 1Reflexive Management Associates, Manchester, UK
  2. 2Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth PL6 8DH, UK
  1. ppearson{at}

Black’s call for a chief quality officer on the board of each hospital is pertinent.1 However, although enthusiasm for quality of care has increased, we are worried about the lack of expertise available to hospitals in England and the degree to which an understanding of quality …

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