The Care Quality Commission (CQC) health and care regulator for England was created in 2009, but has not yet won universal public’s confidence, according to a critical House of Commons Health Select Committee report.
The Commons Health Select Committee thinks the CQC has not realised its primary role to ensure patient safety. Stephen Dorrell (Health Committee Chairman) commented:
“The CQC’s primary focus should be to ensure that the public has confidence that its inspections provide an assurance of acceptable standards in care and patient safety. We do not believe that the CQC has yet succeeded in this objective”.
Read more: BBC News: Health regulator problems ‘persist’.
Triggle, N. (2012). Health regulator problems ‘persist’. London: BBC Health News, January 9th 2013.
2012 Accountability Hearing with the Care Quality Commission
This is the full report of the 2012 accountability hearing with the CQC which assesses CQC performance. The committee concluded that the CQC has not been successful in ensuring essential standards of care are enforced. Patients, residents and relatives do not, it is implied, have confidence in the CQC’s standards or CQC inspections.
House of Commons Health Select Committee (2013). 2012 accountability hearing with the Care Quality Commission: Seventh report of session 2012–13. Volume I: Report, together with formal minutes and oral and written evidence. London: The Stationery Office Limited January 9th 2013. HC 592.
Additional written evidence is contained in:
House of Commons Health Select Committee (2013). 2012 accountability hearing with the Care Quality Commission: Seventh Report of Session 2012–13. Volume II: Additional written evidence ordered by the House of Commons. London: The Stationery Office Limited January 9th 2013. HC 592.