UKIP’s Health Spokesman, Louise Bours MEP has said that the failing state of most of England’s hospitals proves that the oversight organisations are inept and should be abolished.
The comments came as a report from the Care Quality Commission admitted that 74% of hospitals are unsafe. The report also states the some A and E patients have been left in make-shift huts, and warns of a culture of bullying and blame, with staff scared to report problems.
Ms Bours said: “For years it has been clear that the overseers of the NHS, the Care Quality Commission and Monitor are not up to the job. They don’t seem to spot potential problems before they happen, they just put reports together after it has all gone wrong. They need to be abolished and replaced with county health boards made up of local people.
“Doctors and nurses are under immense pressure, with resources being ploughed into administrators as opposed to front line, the money saved from abolishing the CQC and Monitor could be put to much better use.”
The report goes on to reveal a wide range in the quality of care delivered in different hospitals, with the Patients Association saying it is unacceptable to see such a wide variation across the country.
Ms Bours added: “Local people will care much more about their local hospital than a civil servant in an office hundreds of miles away.
“The County health boards will ensure a better standard of care across the country, as each board will contain people for whom the health of the nearby community is their top priority.”