9 January 2013
Care Quality Commission not yet successfully defined its core purpose
or earned public confidence
A report published today by the Health Select Committee (HSC) following last year's accountability hearing with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has indicated that despite sustained criticism over a prolonged period the regulator has not yet successfully defined its core purpose or earned public confidence.
The report has concluded that ...CQC's primary focus should be on ensuring that the essential standards it enforces can be interpreted by the public as a guarantee of acceptable standards in care...
Earlier last year R&RA submitted its evidence to the Health Select Committee accountability hearing stating ...R&RA is deeply concerned that CQC as an organisation is viewed as lacking in expertise and capability and is not viewed as an authoritative body on what represents good quality care in care homes...
The subsequent Health Select Committee report made numerous references to the charity's submission.
...We saw it coming and we said it first. The Health Select Committee has vindicated and reinforced our call for urgent and major changes in CQC...
Read R&RA's response to today's Health Select Committee Report here
Read R&RA's submission to Health Select Committee Hearing here
Read HSC Report: 2012 Accountability Hearing with the Care Quality Commission here