What next for inspection?
By GRAHAM HOPKINS
Gordon Brown promised the ‘bonfire of the quangos’ and duly lit the blue touch paper underneath social and health care regulation. Out of the embers of the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI), Health Commission and Mental Health Act Commission, how will the new Care Quality Commission (CQC) emerge phoenix-like as the ‘greatest social and health care regulator in the world’ (to quote Dame Barbara Young, the new CQC chair)? This was the question facing a national conference Inspection: What Next? held in Birmingham in November, organised by ‘Do The Right Thing’.