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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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Nick Clegg: 'It's about accountability' in the NHS

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said the government is trying to introduce a "new culture where you don't hide away mistakes" in the National Health Service.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said "it's about accountability" in the NHS. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Speaking on his LBC 97.3 phone-in show, he said: "It's about accountability and the NHS is a public service, paid for by everybody, for all of us. That's what this is about.

"We are, bit by bit, introducing a new spirit of accountability which I think will raise standards over time."

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