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Agreement reached to improve patient care.


12 December 2014

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Health regulartor the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and registration body the General Medical Council (GMC)  have launched a joint operating protocol, making it official that they will share information where relevant.

The GMC will support the CQC in preparing for the inspections of hospitals and general practices and in turn the CQC will inform the GMC is there is anything non-routine taking place. This includes information about potentially serious concerns.

Health regulartor the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and registration body the General Medical Council (GMC)  have launched a joint operating protocol, making it official that they will share information where relevant.

The GMC will support the CQC in preparing for the inspections of hospitals and general practices and in turn the CQC will inform the GMC is there is anything non-routine taking place. This includes information about potentially serious concerns.

The two regulators have different responsibilities but the CQC and GMC hope that the sharing of information will lead to better patient care.

Anthony Omo, Director of Fitness to Practice at the GMC, said: “By sharing information – especially concerns about patient safety – we can both build a bigger and sharper picture of what is happening inside organisations.

"That means we can target our action more effectively where there are problems.

“Ultimately that means we can be more effective in the improvements that we drive in medical practice and the care that patients receive.”

Ted Baker, Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals, said: “Making these relationships work is therefore critical for CQC to fulfill its regulatory role and for us to play our part in supporting the improvement of care.”

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