Concerns Over Care Quality Commission

Calls to overhaul the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have been raised after the Health Select Committee published a report at the beginning of the month highlighting deficiencies.   The report found that the CQC lacked clarity of purpose even after 5 years of being in existence which led to some MPs clamouring for an urgent over-haul.  As well as lacking “clarity about its core purpose”, the report also identified inconsistencies in inspection judgements.

In response the CCQ’s Chief Executive, David Behan, stated that they have already begun to make some of the recommended changes and commented further:

“In our strategic review we consulted widely on a clear statement of our purpose and role. We also set out our intentions to improve how we communicate with the public, make better use of information, and work more effectively as an organisation and with others, including those who provide care.”

The CQC is the independent regulator of health and social care in England and was established by the Health and Social Care Act 2008.  The body is charged with monitoring the standards of care provided in hospitals and care homes, as well as care in people’s own homes, to ensure that national standards of quality and safety are met.  Where standards are not acceptable the CQC have the power to issue fines to health and social care providers.