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Healthcare Commission Head Slams Merger Plans

Magazine article Public Finance

Healthcare Commission Head Slams Merger Plans

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Healthcare Commission chair Sir Ian Kennedy has hit out at plans to merge his organisation with two other regulatory bodies, warning MPs that the move could 'set back development of a culture of safety'.

The proposed merger with the Commission for Social Care Inspection and the Mental Health Act Commission to create a new body - the Care Quality Commission - is the centred plank of the Health and Social Care Bill now before Parliament.

At a hearing of the Commons public Bill committee debating the legislation on January 8, Kennedy attacked the cost and distraction' that reorganising the regulatory bodies would bring.

He cited government figures putting the cost at £140m. 'But the far greater cost will, in our view, fall on patients and those who care for them,' he told the MPs.

The commission had generated a momentum in the drive for better quality services, he said, but this would 'be lost' as staff became distracted by reorganisation and the new body deliberated on its future role. …

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