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Welfare Reform on the Web (June 2001): Medical Professions - UK - Regulation

ASSURING THE QUALITY OF MEDICAL PRACTICE: IMPLEMENTING SUPPORTING DOCTORS, PROTECTING PATIENTS

NHS Executive

London: Department of Health, 2001

Proposals include a new system for reporting adverse incidents, performance appraisal for all doctors underpinned by revalidation, checking suitability of doctors at the appointment stage, the establishment of a National Clinical Assessment Authority to advise on sorting out poor peformance by doctors, and monitoring the quality of NHS Services through the Commission for Health Improvement.

BLAIR-FACED CHECK

A Moore

Health Service Journal, vol. 111, Mar. 29th 2001, p. 13-14

NHS managers are coming under heavy political pressure to deliver improvements in health services. They are also being used as scapegoats by a government extremely sensitive to bad publicity whenever a problem or an error is uncovered by the media.

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