The King's Fund welcomes government response to the Bristol Royal Infirmary report

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The King's Fund today welcomed the government's long awaited response to the Bristol Royal Infirmary report.

Responding to the announcement by the Health Secretary of a new Council for the Quality of Health Care which will work to improve standards in the NHS, chief executive Rabbi Julia Neuberger said:

'It means the NHS becomes the standard-setter, regulator and purchaser of health care. The provision of care could come from a much wider range of organisations.'

But she added: 'It is very important in the long term to bring all the inspectorates together across the voluntary, public and private sectors.'

Notes to editors

1. The King's Fund is an independent charitable foundation working for better health, especially in London.