'Good potential step forward' in hospital inspections

In response to plans for NHS patients to join hospital inspection teams, the Patients Association tweeted:

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Good potential step forward in CQC inspection process today. A strong regulator vital to keeping pts safe and treated well.

Read: New Chief Inspector of Hospitals wants patients to join assessment teams

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Patients to inspect hospitals

The new Chief Inspector of Hospitals has called for hundreds of NHS patients to join inspection teams as part of plans to change the way hospitals in England are assessed. Professor Sir Mike Richards wants to build up a "small army" of inspectors.