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New regulator for NHS

29th November 2006

A new regulatory body is to oversee competition in the £80bn-plus market for NHS services.

The new body will replace existing NHS and social care inspectorates, said the Department of Health.

The Healthcare Commission, the Commission for Social Care Inspection and the Mental Health Act Commission will all merge, but Monitor will continue as the independent regulator for NHS foundation trusts.

NHS hospitals will join independent providers under a single regime where they will have to be ‘registered’ or licensed. The new system will enable the regulator to take services away from unsafe NHS hospitals.

A consultation paper sets out the new framework for health and social care expected to be implemented by 2010.

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Article Information

Title: New regulator for NHS
Author: Carol burns
Article Id: 1346
Date Added: 29th Nov 2006


The Financial Times

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