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Healthcheck changes needed

24th April 2007

Dame Gill Morgan, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, asks for changes to the Healthcare Commission’s second annual healthcheck.

differentialQWriting in the Health Service Journal, Dame Morgan explains why the Healthcare Commission’s function as a quality assessor should incorporate ways of improving service and move away from adding to “the weight of regulation? currently present within the NHS.

She highlights the difference between “good? and “bad? regulation. Where “good? regulation can push forward improvements within the NHS, “bad? regulation overloads the system with unnecessary bureaucracy. She says the latest consultation on the Healthcare Commission’s healthcheck for 2007-2008 strays “dangerously close? to this type of “bad? regulation.

Dame Morgan’s reasoning focuses on three main points relating to the healthcheck. Her first concern is that the Healthcare Commission’s extension of its duties and responsibilities may have a negative impact on its service. She warns: “We must be careful this does not border on performance management."

Her second point stresses the importance of a patient-centered framework measuring “patient outcomes not processes?.

Her final argument underlines the dangers of complicated and overly bureaucratic systems. She calls for: “consistent and transparent roles for all those involved in regulatory functions? and asks for the recognition of the role of individual boards in making improvements within the NHS.

In her conclusion, Dame Morgan reiterates the importance of ensuring the healthcheck “helps not hinders our drive to achieve a patient-focused, world class service".

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Article Information

Title: Healthcheck changes needed
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 2651
Date Added: 24th Apr 2007


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