Healthcare Commission


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Healthcare Commission

An independent (non-departmental, arm’s-length body or quango) body/watchdog for healthcare, which was sponsored by the UK Department of Health and created to promote and drive improvement in the quality of public and private healthcare in England and Wales. Its remit was to facilitate improvement of healthcare by ensuring independent assessment of the standards of services provided to patients either by the NHS or privately, and become an authoritative and trusted source of information which would encourage improvement.

The Healthcare Commission (HCC) replaced the Commission for Health Improvement in 2004. In 2009, the HCC itself was one of three UK agencies (the other two were the Commission for Social Care Inspection and the Mental Health Act Commission) absorbed by the Care Quality Commission in March 2009.
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Commenting on the trust's performance, she said: "Although the Healthcare Commission rating for use of resources (finance) was poor in 2006/07, this was solely a consequence of our overspends from years gone by.
Of the complaints received by South of Tyne and Wearside, 57% were sent back to the trust by the Healthcare Commission for further action.
The Healthcare Commission introduced the new health check procedure to test how well NHS organisations are performing.
The Healthcare Commission survey found a majority of QE workers believed the hospital "takes effective action" when staff are attacked.
Healthcare Commission chief executive Anna Walker said standards of cleanliness must improve.
Anna Walker, Healthcare Commission chief executive, said: "This is an important step in reassuring patients and the public that general standards are met across the NHS.
The Healthcare Commission will hold an inquiry into the clinical and management procedures of Staffordshire Ambulance Service.
The Healthcare Commission said a working culture which states that such ill-treatment of staff is unacceptable should be implemented from the very top of every organisation.
Solihull Primary Care Trust (PCT) has been declared "healthy" following a spot-check by the Healthcare Commission.
The survey results will contribute to the Annual Health Check, due to be published by the Healthcare Commission in 2008, and will provide evidence for the national review of maternity services.
Anna Walker, chief executive of the Healthcare Commission, and David Behan, chief inspector of the Commission for Social Care Inspection, issued a joint statement voicing their fears for those suffering abuse and neglect.
That is why we set up the Healthcare Commission to assess every NHS organisation, carrying out inspections where necessary to ensure they meet high standards and deliver for their patients.

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