NHS managers must be licensed so they can be struck off in cases such as the Mid Staffordshire scandal, says local UKIP MEP James Carver.
The trust that ran Stafford Hospital pleaded guilty today (Wed) to four health and safety breaches relating to patients who died between October 2005 and May last year.
Three of the deaths happened following falls and the fourth occurred after a patient was given penicillin despite staff being informed she was allergic to it.
Mr Carver said, “This just confirms UKIP’s view that NHS managers should be licensed in much the same way as doctors and nurses, who are regulated by the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
“In our General Election manifesto we pledged to introduce a ‘licence to manage’ as a statutory requirement to prevent incompetent, negligent or bullying managers being moved sideways or re-employed by the NHS as external consultants.
“I believe individuals should be held to account for fatal errors rather than just an ambiguous-sounding ‘trust’. We need to restore and maintain faith in our health service and so we must be prepared to punish those who undermine it.”
The hospital trust will be sentenced at Stafford Crown Court at a later date.