NHS inspection burden9th March 2007
More than 50 separate organisations currently inspect, assess and monitor the NHS, according to a new report from the NHS Confederation.
The confederation counted a total of 56 such bodies, but said there were so many it was difficult to come up with a definitive number.
The large number of organisations responsible for visiting, inspecting and reviewing NHS trusts was causing overlaps, duplication and unnecessary bureaucracy for NHS managers.
It said the main burden came from the amount of evidence and data required, often requested several times by different regulators, citing the overlap of data required by the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST) and the Annual Health Check as an example.
Members said such duplication was an unnecessary drain on resources and the NHS Confederation, which represents more than 90 per cent of NHS organisations, argued for greater sharing of information between inspectorates. It also called for a reduction in data collection and inspections within the NHS.
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