THE BIG QUESTION
The big question: would Ofsted-style ratings for hospitals and care homes improve standards?
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that he wants to introduce a new Ofsted-style rating system for hospitals and care homes.
The aim of the rating system is to end the “crisis of care” in some parts of the system.
Mr Hunt has commissioned a review of how the system could work that will look at how data on performance and patient experience can be combined with information from Care Quality Commission inspections to produce a “useful, credible and meaningful” rating.
Mr Hunt said: “Parents know how well each school in my constituency is doing thanks to independent and thorough Ofsted inspections. But I do not know the same about hospitals and care homes.”
Do you think an Ofsted-style rating system would improve standards of care?
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