The Health Secretary has published a letter to private providers in light of a critical CQC report on the independent health sector. Measures and issues outlined in his letter include: 

1. Exploring an 'inadequate' regime for private hospitals; 

2. Greater transparency (data collection) obligations; 

3. The possibility of cost recovery for NHS treatment provided in consequence of negligent private treatment; 

4. Addressing a lack of supervision and governance of consultants.

The sector is asked to reply within two weeks.