CQC starts new inspection regime
The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) new hospital inspection regime has begun. The inspections, under CQC’s new Chief Inspector of Hospitals Professor Sir Mike Richards will involve significantly larger inspection teams than CQC has used before and will include doctors, nurses and trained members of the public and will cover every site that provides acute services and key services areas.
The inspections will provide the public with a clear picture of the quality of care in their local hospital, exposing poor care and highlighting the many hospitals providing excellent care.
Health Minister Norman Lamb commented: “Our priority is to make sure that people get better care. That’s why we asked the CQC to appoint a new Chief Inspector of Hospitals to shine a spotlight on quality and drive up standards across the board. We also want to showcase the best of the NHS so that all hospitals can learn from this success”.