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Care Quality Commission hints at “lighter touch” approach in future

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 21 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5023
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) hopes to move to a new, “lighter touch” inspection regime in time, in which “things are being done with healthcare providers rather than to them,” the main NHS regulator’s strategy lead has said.

Speaking at a Westminster Health Forum seminar on regulation in health and social care, Sarah Bickerstaffe outlined a case for a “more mature” model of regulation and cited developments in Denmark.

Healthcare regulation in England has come under the spotlight as the government has proposed a move towards greater integration of health and social care. The CQC, which inspects hospitals, GP practices, community services, and care homes, …

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