- Committee led by Jeremy Hunt will subject health ministers to a “CQC style ratings system”
- Independent panel will evaluate performance and grade progress against commitments
- New panel’s first inquiry will be into maternity services, in which the government and NHS has been staunchly criticised in recent weeks
The parliamentary committee led by Jeremy Hunt will subject health ministers to a “CQC style ratings system”, as part of a new way of scrutinising the Department of Health and Social Care.
The Health and Social Care Select Committee has set out plans for a new ratings system to “offer independent and objective evaluation of ministerial pledges”.
It says an independent panel will hear witnesses and scrutinise evidence to determine whether the government and its agencies’ performance has been outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate, in relation to different service areas. The initial pilot will examine maternity services, which is an area in which the NHS and government faces an unfolding patient safety scandal.
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Date: 5 August 2020