A New Chapter for the NHS

25 June 2013

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A New Chapter for the NHS

The government responded with a re-structuring of the regulatory bodies responsible for checking and maintaining standards within hospitals and wider health and social care provision, following publication of the Report of Robert Francis QC into the failures in care and management at the Mid-Staffordshire Hospitals Trust.  Part of those changes involved allowing the CQC to appoint a new ‘Chief Inspector of Hospitals’ and increasing the responsibility of the Care Quality Commission.

The CQC announced on 31 May that they had appointed the first such Chief Inspector, Prof Sir Mike Richards. Prior to this appointment, he was lead Director at NHS England with responsibility for reducing premature mortality across all conditions. His medical background was as a Consultant in Medical Oncology in Guy’s Hospital, as well as Prof of Palliative Medicine at St Thomas’ Hospital before he joined the Dept of Health as its first National Cancer Director. 

Following the retirement of Sir David Nicolson, (head of the NHS and the subject of criticism over the Mid-Staffordshire scandal), the appointment of Prof Richards feels like the start of a new chapter for the NHS, which we would hope will bring much needed changes to the culture within the NHS with a return to focus on care and compassion, alongside the delivery of world class treatment. 

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