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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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Labour backs hospital inspector's plans

Shadow health minister Jamie Reed welcomed the Chief Inspector of Hospital's reforms. Credit: PA

Shadow health minister Jamie Reed said: "The new chief inspector role is welcome and he is right to pilot his plans with a varied group of hospitals.

"Sir Mike Richards will have our support in exposing poor care in the A&Es, wards and elderly care services he visits.

"Four thousand nursing jobs have been lost on this Government's watch and A&E queues have reached their longest in a decade because of David Cameron's NHS betrayal."

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