Local residents can expect services to meet essential standards of quality and safety that respect their dignity and protect their rights through a new registration system for hospitals.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) - the independent regulator of health and social care in England - has approved the legal registration of Ealing Hospital to ensure that it meets these new standards.
New registration comes into force on April 1, 2010 for NHS Trusts. Once registered the CQC will enforce these standards and seek information from patients and public representative groups, as well as from organisations such as other regulators and the National Patient Safety Agency.
Paul Reeves, Director of Nursing & Clinical Practice, said: “People can and should expect services to meet essential standards of quality and safety when they receive care in a hospital. These new standards will continue to ensure just that through a welcomed single regulatory system.”
The Health and Social Care Act 2008 introduced a new, single registration system that applies to both health and adult social care.
These regulations will replace the National Minimum Standards and the Standards for Better Health.
For more information visit www.cqc.org.uk