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Paul Sankey asks: More hospital inspectors: is this really the answer?

The Health Secretary’s new plan to increase standards in NHS hospitals is for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to carry out a programme of spot checks.  Whilst this may generate a good headline, it is hardly the strategy to transform our ailing health service. 
Spot checks assume that the problem is incompetent staff not doing their job.  The reality is that most medical and nursing staff are highly motivated and conscientious. They are unlikely to do significantly better because an army of inspectors with clip boards. The real problem is more a lack of funding, which government policy is exacerbating, and the administrative nightmare of running large hospitals.
Further there is something of an irony in a government dedicated to wiping out quangos turning to the Care Quality Commission (a quango) for help. The Care Quality Commission is already overstretched and unable adequately to fulfil its existing brief. 
This looks like rather a desperate ploy to grab headlines, in the meantime increasing the very bureaucracy the government has pledged to cut.  Paul Sankey is a solicitor specialising in clinical negligence. If you or a member of your family have a clinical negligence enquiry please call our expert clinical negligence solicitors on 0800 916 9049, fill in our short online claim form or email and one of our specialist clinical negligence team will be in touch.