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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.

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Hospital inspector seeks patients and carers to join team

In his first press conference after taking the job as Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards pledged the review teams will be "robust, fair and transparent".

Today I am issuing a call for inspectors. I want assistance in this inspection process.

I want to start building a small army of inspectors.

These inspectors need to come from different walks of life; some of them will be practising clinicians who will come and do two or three inspections a year, some others will be retired clinicians but importantly we are also seeking patients and carers and we will provide training.

We will assess whether services are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led.

– Professor Sir Mike Richards

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