BMA chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum said: ‘The BMA is concerned that, only a few years after the Healthcare Commission was set up, it is about to be abolished to make way for yet another, new regulatory body.
‘The NHS has been suffering from too much reorganisation and, it appears that, as soon as doctors and managers start getting used to one system, it’s all change.’
Health secretary Alan Johnson said the new regulator would have a key role in tackling and preventing healthcare associated infections.
It will have the power to make inspections and close down wards if necessary.
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