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NHS 'was too powerful to criticise'

The National Health Service "became too powerful to criticise" with even the most senior staff afraid of speaking out despite millions of patients receiving a "wholly unsatisfactory" service from GPs and hospitals, the official regulator has said.

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Jeremy Hunt 'crazy' for calling hospital chiefs

David Prior, the chairman of the Care Quality Commission branded Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt "crazy" for telephoning round hospital chief executives who had missed A&E targets, in an interview with The Daily Telegraph.

There is an obsession. It's crazy to have a Secretary of State doing that.

Of course he's doing it, because he's held accountable but what it all leads to is more money being put into A&E departments when that money should probably be put into primary and community care to stop people falling ill.

– David Prior, chairman of the Care Quality Commission

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