Hospitals have no lighter load when it comes to regulation

Posted on March 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Spare a thought for your local hospital because, according to a report from the NHS Confederation, it will be groaning under a weight of inspection and regulation which matches or even exceeds that for care homes. The Confederation – which represents managers in 90 per cent of hospital trusts – says there are at least 56 bodies with a right to visit a NHS hospital and there may be more – they haven’t got the time to count them all. The authors of the report call – in a manner with which care home managers will also sympathise – for a reduction in the burden of inspection and regulation, particularly where they are being asked to provide the same, or only marginally different, information to different bodies. The Confederation claims that such is the cost and weight of inspection and regulation that they do not have the resources to ‘extract value’ from these processes and drive the improvements which the processes have identified. The report is critical of the Healthcare Commission’s drive t

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