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UK has too many healthcare regulators, says leading lawyer

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 15 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5661
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

UK regulators missed a string of healthcare scandals “until it was too late,” and the UK regulatory system has not been consistently effective in achieving the aims of a patient centred culture, the barrister Robert Francis told regulators from more than 50 countries at a conference in London last week.1

Francis, who chaired the inquiry into multiple failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, said the regulators had missed that particular scandal as well as those over children’s heart surgery at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, the retention of children’s body parts at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, the serial killer Harold Shipman, and others.

He told delegates at …

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