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The Health Quality Service brings together the King's Fund Organisational Audit, the Health Services Association and the Hospital Accreditation Programme.

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HealthHospitals to get quality control New body could push up quality of care A new independent body which will measure the quality of hospital services and develop new assessment standards is launched this week. The launch comes just days after the General Medical Council found that three doctors could be guilty of professional misconduct over the quality of their heart surgery. Twenty-nine out of 53 children died after being operated on by Dr Janardhan Dhasmana and James Wisheart at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. Their manager, Dr John Roylance, also faces further action. The Health Quality Service brings together the King's Fund Organisational Audit, the Health Services Association and the Hospital Accreditation Programme. Good practice It aims to encourage good practice and raise quality standards, in line with recent government White Papers on health and will work with hospitals to raise standards. The HSQ will ensure hospitals comply with health and safety regulations, are properly staffed, have equipment that works and inform patients about the choices available to them. HQS executive director Peter Griffiths said: "Developing a quality agenda is all about improving the care that people receive, or, as we describe it, focusing on 'Mrs Jones'." Heart operations Parents of the children who died at Bristol Royal Infirmary complained that they were not given accurate information about the risks of the heart operations. The General Medical Council found on F

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