A new national body to
provide a rapid response to concerns about doctors' performance
will get underway from April.
The National Clinical
Assessment Authority (NCAA) is at the centre of the Government's
plans to ensure patients have better protection and doctors, better
The authority will deal
with concerns about the performance of doctors and give extra training
and support to doctors where necessary.
The NCAA will advice
hospitals and health authorities so they can take action to check
poor performance, ensure doctors are practising safely and discipline
or suspend doctors whose practice gives rise to serious concerns.
The chairman of the authority
will be Jane Wesson who has been chairman of the Harrogate Healthcare
NHS Trust since 1993. The chief officer and medical director of
the authority is Dr Alistair Scotland, currently the director of
medical education and research at London's Chelsea & Westminster
Hospital and a senior lecturer at Imperial College School of Medicine.
The Department of Health
today published a report - Assuring the Quality of Medical Practice
- detailing progress in providing better support for doctors and
protection for patients.
Health minister John
Denham said: "The NCAA is a new approach to the problem of
poorly performing doctors. Instead of waiting until a problem becomes
a scandal or disaster, instead of allowing out-of-date procedures
to grind on while patients are at risk, the NCAA will spot problems
early and work with doctors and the NHS to get doctors the right
support and training to enable them to reach a good standard of
practice as quickly as possible. This new system will be fast and
effective for patients and fairer for doctors."
Get the report in today's Vidyya.