Annual accountability hearing with the Care Quality Commission: report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence

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Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Health Committee
Date of publication
14 September 2011
House of Commons papers, session 2010/12; HC 1430
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Health Services
Corporate subject(s)
Care Quality Commission
Social welfare
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In the course of 2010–11 the level of inspections carried out by the Care Quality Commission  (CQC ) fell by 70%. The Health Committee is extremely concerned that CQC’s compliance activity fell to such low levels. It recognises that the CQC was obliged to work within the deadlines for registration imposed by the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010. It was in order to meet these deadlines that resources were diverted from compliance activity to registration. Yet the fact that this was done to the extent that inspections fell by an unacceptable 70%demonstrates a failure to manage resource and activity in line with the main statutory objective of the CQC to ‘protect and promote the health, safety and welfare of people who use health and social care services’. In the current climate of financial constraint and reorganisation of the health service it is more important than ever to have a regulator that maintains a clear focus on its primary duties. The Committee concludes that the bias in the work of the CQC away from its core function of inspection and towards the essentially administrative task of registration represented a significant distortion of priorities.

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