NHS watchdog told to police IVF clinics despite workload concerns

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 13:01 in Health & Medicine

Government instructs Care Quality Commission to go ahead with takeover of Human Fertilisation and Embryology AuthorityThe Care Quality Commission has been told to press on with plans to take over the policing of IVF clinics, despite warning that it cannot cope with the extra workload.The troubled NHS healthcare watchdog is due to absorb the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), in addition to its main role of inspecting hospitals and care homes.The head of the CQC, Dame Jo Williams, in a letter sent at the end of October to the health minister Simon Burns, said that going ahead with the move threatened the commission's ability to handle the tough duties it already had.Williams wrote that the CQC had identified small efficiency savings that could be made by absorbing the HFEA, but said much of the regulator's work fell outside the CQC's remit and could "compromise the CQCs ability to deliver...

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