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Letters CQC inspections

Accreditation—a verification ritual lacking verification

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 07 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4647
  1. Ian G Wilson, consultant clinical microbiologist
  1. Northern Ireland Public Health Laboratory, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Belfast City Hospital, Belfast BT9 7AD, UK
  1. iang.wilson{at}

The King’s Fund found that Care Quality Commission (CQC) audits had little impact on the quality of care.1 Oxebridge has put this in the wider context, saying that placing confidence in related systems from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) does not prevent loss of life.2

Compliance with such standards is equated with “quality.” But these standards lack anything more …

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