Mid Staffordshire – Weak and fragmented regulation?

An interesting article by Calum Paton in the Guardianon 19 April raises the issue of the role of regulation in relation to Mid Staffordshire.

According to Mr Paton “Regarding the Stafford hospital meltdown, we see a ……… “system” of weak and fragmented regulation. Whatever the rights and wrongs of that hospital board’s approach – and it seems to have driven elective targets and finance at the expense of emergency care quality – it was operating in a highly confused regulatory, and indeed policy, system.”

It is interesting to reflect on the role of the principal regulators at the time – the Healthcare Commission and Monitor. What lessons are there to be learned. And what about the role of the National Patient Safety Agency? Whilst not a regulator, with a National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) that has been over 8 years and more than £10 million in the making, then should it not have picked up something about the state of patient safety in emergency care at Mid Staffordshire – or was Mid Staffordshire not reporting incidents?

Read the full Guardian article here.

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