Strengthening corporate accountability in health and social care: a consultation

Document type
Discussion paper
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Dept. of Health
Department of Health
Date of publication
4 July 2013
Health Services, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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This consultation asks for views on proposals to hold providers of health and social care to account where there are serious failures in care. It proposes that all directors of providers registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – NHS hospitals, private hospitals and care homes – must meet a new fit and proper person test. The CQC will be able to insist on the removal of directors that fail this test. In cases where providers fail in the care that they provide, the CQC will be able to consider the role of the board and individual directors in that failure – with the power to prosecute in the case of serious failure.