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Bill Cash MP responds to Dr Foster's new hospital safety guide

Press release 30/11/09

Following the release of Dr Foster's new hospital safety guide, Bill Cash said:
“When I first called for a full public inquiry and for the recognition of the failures at Stafford Hospital, it was clear that the situation reflected a larger problem in regulatory arrangements and that the failures were not merely isolated to Stafford Hospital. It is clear that other hospitals should not have been given Foundation Trust status.
“As the Cure the NHS group have mentioned, I do not see the protests ending until all NHS acute trusts implement a zero harm approach and successfully deliver that approach.
“On the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust situation, I raised many regulatory concerns with the Secretary of State relating to the Care Quality Commission, the Healthcare Commission and Monitor.
“The critical problem is self-assessment – which the Healthcare Commission report on Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust criticised – at the root of many other problems. It is about time everyone began concentrating on this challenge. It was clear from early investigations into Stafford Hospital that it was Government policy to revert to local assessment, rather than external assessment.
“It is hardly surprising that hospitals are receiving plaudits because one of the key problems, apart from lack of efficiency and care, is the question of self-assessment. It is totally ridiculous that hospitals assess themselves as part of the regulatory process in this way.”
“It is about time that the Secretary of State woke up and acted on the questions I raised in Parliament.”

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