The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, raised the prospect of hospital super-heads and a new chief inspector of family doctors, in his first public response to the Francis report on hundreds of needless deaths at Stafford hospital.
Hunt told delegates that care and compassion could not be “commanded from on high either by regulators or politicians“.
He said there was regulatory madness in the NHS. “The chief executive of one of our best teaching hospitals who worked out it would take her 38 hours a week to attend all the external meetings she is asked to go to, most of which have nothing to do with patient care. Foundation trusts report having 60 different regulatory, licensing, commissioning and public scrutiny authorities to report to and comply with.”
The health secretary announced that Mike Farrar, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, would draw up a plan for “how joint inspections and shared information can improve clinical outcomes and free up more time to care“.
A single chief inspector of hospitals would be “primus inter pares” – first among equals – among regulators, Hunt said. “We are not short of data in the NHS. [The inspector will be] looking at the available data … to make judgments about whether there’s a problem in [a particular] hospital. Taking a view that the public can understand.”
He said “a number of other parts of the system” would need chief inspectors to rank their services, including GPs. The Care Quality Commission reports on Tuesday that a quarter of home care providers, who send nurses to help elderly and vulnerable people, are failing to meet all five national standards of quality and safety.
Hunt rebutted the central thrust of the Francis report, which made 290 recommendations, many of which would require new laws and regulations. The health secretary said he wanted to avoid the “elephant trap” of more regulation.
Rising costs and increased regulation have created exceptional challenges across the NHS and cater the need of an effective healthcare solution. Infomatrix has developed a healthcare solution in collaboration with Infohealth Solutions, the OneView Medical Device Asset Management (f2), which is a post-modern healthcare solution to managing information needs in the healthcare sector.
The OneView Platform, a multiple data source combined to be displayed in a single view and accessed online as a form of web based reporting, this enables users to upload information and spread sheets to create reports and perform in-depth analyses from multi-dimensional analytics in real time.