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As the governments cuts program continues to find new victims it is really hard to say where the chop will land next. The latest victim I have heard of is the CQC, the Care Quality commission. This is the body that inspects our hospitals and publishes reports on their findings. Here are some extracts from an article published in the Guardian recently.
The tough inspection regime for hospitals introduced to prevent a repeat of the Mid Staffordshire care scandal is being relaxed as the NHS regulator adjusts to budget cuts brought in by the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will undertake fewer and smaller inspections of hospitals in England and rely more on information provided by patients and NHS trusts themselves under the watchdog’s new five-year strategy.
The change will see a rolling back of the in-depth approach to assessing the quality and safety of hospital services over the past three years, in which scores of CQC inspectors have spent up to a week examining how hospitals operate.
Now if the NHS is so important to the politicians why would they cut the funding to the body that makes sure things are running correctly? They should be expanding the service so it can do more not less. It is another example of backward thinking as surley it will cost the NHS more in the long run with litigation and payouts.
Labour said scaling back the work of the CQC, and greater reliance on data from hospitals, could mean that the public would not find out that a hospital was providing poor care in future. At the last election, Jeremy Hunt promised to ‘root out poor care’. But, one year later, his cuts to the CQC’s budget mean fewer services being inspected and an increasing reliance on hospitals marking their own homework through the use of data collection,” said Justin Madders, a shadow health minister. “With these cuts, there is a real risk patients will be the left in the dark about the Tories’ NHS crisis.”
As part of the CQC’s new strategy, inspectors will concentrate on core services provided by hospitals, such as A&E and critical care, and will no longer examine in detail how a wide range of departments are doing.
Critics fear that unchecked data from hospitals may not always be reliable and is a poor substitute for a detailed inspection. The CQC admitted it was having to scale back and rethink how it scrutinises health and social care services because it would be receiving “fewer resources” – £32m less by 2019.
Anyone can see there are major problems with the NHS and when you factor in the news that the regulator is facing cuts as well, it seems a recipe for disaster is being cooked up. It is up to us the public to voice our concerns and stop politician from making these kind of bad decision. If you read this article don’t stay silent, please,
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