BMA rejects regulation by the Care Quality Commission

The NHS needs regulation but not by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), doctors have said.

Dr McKeown: questions the ability of the CQC to effectively regulate doctors
Dr McKeown: questions the ability of the CQC to effectively regulate doctors

Delegates at the BMA's Annual Representatives' Meeting voted in favour of a motion which ‘demands providers of health services are properly regulated’.

Presenting the motion on behalf of Salisbury division in Wiltshire, Dr Helena McKeown argued that doctors must show that they care about regulation and that they care about their patients, especially in light of the CQC failure.

‘The motion not only demands regulation for all but effective regulation,’ Dr McKeown said.

The motion called for doctors to be ‘properly regulated' and Dr McKeown question the ability of the CQC to effectively regulate doctors.

Board papers recently revealed that the CQC is underfunded and understaffed. The CQC does not have the money or the staff to regulate effectively, Dr McKeown said.

Dr Gordon Beck, from the Buckinghamshire division, spoke in favour of the motion. Dr Buck called for non-medical staff to be regulated in the same was as medical staff to ensure quality of care.

‘This is a very very important motion,’ Dr Beck said.

‘The practicalities are very difficult, we need a bigger regulator, this does not mean we don’t need regulation,’ Dr Beck said.

CQC regulation of GPs was recently delayed until 2013.

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