Charter of rights for patients

Hospitals, care homes and GPs could be judged against a new set of patient rights following a radical overhaul of standards to be announced by the health watchdog, The Times (£) reported.

Dr Hilary: Staff will not do the jobs they are on site to do

Clinical staff will not do the jobs they are on site to do with inspectors "standing behind them", Daybreak's Health Editor Dr Hilary said.

The proposed patient rights charter is an "understandable knee-jerk reaction" in response to what happened at Staffordshire hospital he said.

Speaking about the new charter of rights he added, "if it was as easy… don't you think hospitals would have done that before?"

Hospitals to be given 'clear guidelines' on care

David Prior, the CQC chairman, said patients would be encouraged to complain if the level of care they receive fails to meet the new standards. He told The Times (£):

For patients and their families these fundamental standards will be an unambiguous baseline: if they see or receive care that falls below that line, they should report it at once.

We will give people who lead hospitals clear guidelines about what good care looks like so they know that patients know what to expect.

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Patients set to get charter of rights

Doctors and nurses would be issued with new guidelines under proposals to be launched. Credit: PA Wire

Hospitals, care homes and GPs could be judged against a new set of patient rights following a radical overhaul of standards to be announced by the health watchdog, The Times (£) reported.

Doctors and nurses would be issued with new guidelines under proposals to be launched which will set out an "unambiguous baseline" for care.

The new charter of rights could see hospitals taken over by external experts, bosses dismissed and units closed if standards were continuously breached.

The plans - which must first go out to consultation - are set to be rolled out in hospitals before they are extended to adult social care and other sectors later in the year, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said.