DoH criticised for replacing health regulator

The BMA has criticised the DoH for 'too much reorganisation' after it announced the creation of a new regulator for health and adult social care called the Care Quality Commission.

Dr Hamish Meldrum

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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