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Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has told Daybreak that an Ofsted-style rating system will put pressure on hospitals and care homes to improve standards.
He said: "The best possible way [to improve standards] is to expose where care is not at satisfactory level."
Former NHS manager and health policy analyst has told Daybreak that the the inspection regime of hospitals and care homes could move to the private sector.
He said: "Most people have said that [the Quality Care Commission] is bureaucratic. It clearly hasn't worked."
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is to vow a reform of the inspection regime currently being followed for rating hospitals and care homes. Daybreak's Cordelia Kretzschmar reports.
Fifteen per cent of hospitals and 20 per cent of care homes failed to meet minimum standards on ensuring residents had enough food and drink, and the help they needed to consume it.
Ten per cent of NHS hospitals and 15 per cent of nursing homes failed to meet standards on treating patients with dignity and respect.
- The plan is to replace minimum standards with a grading system similar to Ofsteds, which ranks schools inadequate, satisfactory, good or outstanding.
- Under the plans, there will be separate ratings for each individual care home, and probably for individual hospital departments rather than the whole institution.
- This will enable patients to know that while a hospitals cardiology unit may be good, its maternity wards may be poor.
Jeremy Hunt will pledge an overhaul of the current inspection regime, which he says promotes poor care as it gives institutions little incentive to improve.
Mr Hunt believes the current system - under which trusts and care homes are merely told whether or not they meet certain minimum standards - can encourage a tick box mentality which leads to poor care.
He believes it can discourage complacent managers from continuing to improve standards once they have passed the minimum bar.
Jeremy Hunt has announced plans to overhaul the current hospital inspection regime by introducing Ofsted-style ratings in a drive to root out 'bog standard' performance.
The Health Secretary will set out his plans to conduct a study into the most simple way to give public information on their local hospitals and care homes, reports the Daily Mail.