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MPs approve Ofsted-like ratings in hospitals

MPs have approved the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) new approach to regulation, introducing an Ofsted-like regulation system into hospitals.

The health select committee regarded the news surveillance system, which will include a range of indicators related to quality of care, as a good step forward.

The committee called for government to reconsider widening the CQC’s remit to cover financial performance and suggested that safe staffing levels should be extended to include midwives and doctors, as well as nurses.

“The CQC has been a case study in how not to run a regulator, but essential reforms implemented by the new management are turning the CQC around,” says committee chair, Stephen Dorrell MP.

“The CQC has a renewed sense of purpose and now understands that it exists to ensure that care providers meet basic standards and to intervene when they do not.

“Putting in place systems to inspect hospitals and care homes proved too much for the CQC in previous years. Inspections were superficial and produced reports which bore little relation to reality, but the CQC now has a coherent plan to make sure providers are properly examined.

The CQC chairman, David Prior called the report ‘an important milestone’.