The new Chief Inspector of Hospitals will provide the public with assurance that services are safe, effective, caring, well-led and responsive to people’s needs.

As Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, told the House on Tuesday:

All [hospital trusts] will be inspected again within the next 12 months by the new Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, who starts work today.

Last month, Mr. Hunt praised Sir Mike on his recent selection:

No one is more committed to driving up standards across the NHS. Identifying our best and worst hospitals is an incredibly challenging job. Mike brings to this role a wealth of experience in the best practice of patient care, and he will be exceptional at carrying the confidence of the public and the medical profession.

I feel sure that Sir Mike will play a crucial role in helping to address the systemic problems that have been uncovered at the Bucks Trust by the Keogh Review.

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