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Three named for regulatory commission

By Gareth Iacobucci

The new health regulator, the Care Quality Commission, this week appointed three NHS heavyweights as commissioners.

Professor Deirdre Kelly, professor of paediatric hepatology, at Birmingham Children's Hospital, Lord Patel of Bradford OBE chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission and Dame Jo Williams, chief executive of the Royal Mencap Society, all join the body , which has launched in a shadow capacity but whose full powers swing into action in April.

The Government is planning for the regulator to have powers of sanction against PCTs and hospitals which fail to follow NICE guidance.

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