Head nominated for GP regulatory body

The woman nominated to head the body which will regulate GPs has not worked in the health service for more than 15 years.

The government's candidate for chairwoman of the new Care Quality Commission is the life peer, Barbara Young, currently chief executive of the Environment Agency.

Baroness Young was chief executive of Parkside Health Authority between 1985 and 1991. The body was abolished in 2002. 

Her roles since have included chairwoman of English Nature, vice-chairwoman of the BBC, and chief executive of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

The Care Quality Commission will regulate primary, mental health and social care services from October. 

Baroness Young will now be vetted by the Health Select Committee.


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