Now we know why Mid Staffs Hospital passed numerous inspections whilst having a mortality rate similar to the first day of the Somme. Inspectors have been grading hospitals according to the attractiveness of the nursing staff.
"The beauty of the system is its simplicity", said a CQC inspector who has asked to remain anonymous. "We walk down a corridor and grade the first 5 nurses we see, on a sliding scale from 'Definitely' down to 'Wouldn't touch her with yours'. Mid Staffs had appalling errors in care and clinical judgement, but a really fit SRN in Ward 9 who pulled their stats up"
The 'Snog, Marry Avoid' grading system is also used by Ofsted for schools with a 6th Form.