NHS managers must be licensed so they can be struck off in cases such as the Mid Staffordshire scandal, says UKIP Health Spokesman Louise Bours.
The trust that ran Stafford Hospital pleaded guilty today to four health and safety breaches relating to patients who died between October 2005 and May last year.
Three of the deaths happened after falls. A fourth occurred when a patient was given penicillin despite staff being informed she was allergic to it.
Ms Bours, MEP for the North West, said: “This confirms our view that NHS managers should be licensed in much the same way as doctors and nurses, who are regulated by the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
“In our general election manifesto we pledged to introduce a ‘licence to manage’ as a statutory requirement to prevent incompetent, negligent or bullying managers being moved sideways or re-employed by the NHS as external consultants.
“I would also hope to see individuals held to account for fatal errors rather than just an ambiguous-sounding ‘trust’.
“If we want to restore and maintain faith in our health service then we must be prepared to punish those who undermine it.”