MPs will pilot an independent evaluation process designed to hold the government to account on its commitments to health and social care.
The Health and Social Care Committee has set out plans to rate the government against each of its pledges, using the scale used by the CQC – Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement and Inadequate.
It will appoint an independent panel of experts to offer an independent and objective evaluation of the government’s performance on key policy areas.
The panel, led by Jane Dacre, professor of medical education at University College London and former president of the Royal College of Physicians, will undertake research an analysis, including reviewing written evidence from the government and published data.
I will also seek input from the National Audit Office and the Care Quality Commission to take an independent view on health and care matters.
Where the panel reaches the judgement that the government’s performance against is commitments in a particular area is ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’, the committee said it expects the panel’s report to “galvanise” the Department of Health and Social Care into action to ensure improvement.
Jeremy Hunt, chair of the Health and Social Care Committee, said: “We are piloting a new CQC-style ratings system to provide an expert independent assessment of the government’s record on key pledges. This will mean the government is held to account by an evaluation process similar to that used across the NHS and social care system which gives not just an absolute score but key pointers as to how to improve that score next time round.
“We hope it will focus attention on areas such as cancer, mental health and patient safety where a number of vital commitments have been made.”
Applications are now open to join the panel of experts. Click here for details.