NHS to have 'Ofsted style' ratings11th January 2013
Hospitals, care homes and GP surgeries could soon be given "Ofsted style" ratings similar to the way schools are currently ranked.
Health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has ordered a review to assess the merits of such a system in a bid to end the current "crisis in standards of care" in parts of the health and social care system.
The review will focus on how information about services can be communicated to the public and how this information can be used to drive up standards.
Mr Hunt ordered the review at the end of last year and more recently has given further details of the proposal to a House of Lords committee investigating the impact of Britain’s ageing population on public services.
He is reported to have told peers that of the 8,000 GP practices across the country, and the hospitals, people have no idea which ones are good and which are poor.
The health secretary wants "greater transparency" over the performance of such institutions.
He said: "As an MP I know how well each school in my constituency is doing thanks to independent and thorough Ofsted inspections.
"But because the CQC only measures whether minimum standards have been reached, I do not know the same about hospitals and care homes."
He said patients may have a better idea if an Ofsted system, similar to school rankings, was introduced where schools are categorised as ‘inadequate’, ‘satisfactory’, ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.
An independent study will look at how this might be achieved and report by the end of March.
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