Home healthcare checks fell significantly under CQC quango

Home healthacre checks ‘fell significantly’ under the Care Quality Commission (CQC) quango warns NAO.Home healthcare checks fell significantly under CQC quangoWork on checking standards in English care home fell “significantly” after a new watchdog was introduced, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned in a new report.

It has accused the Care Quality Commission for failing to follow up a whistle blower’s warnings of alleged abuse of patients at the Winterbourne View care home near Bristol, of failing to “provide value for money”.

The CQC was established by Labour and cam into being in April 2009, bringing together three predecessor organisations – the Healthcare Commission, the Commission for Social Care Inspection and the Mental Health Act Commission.

But the NAO report said work on inspecting health and social care organisations “fell significantly” after April 2009, “due to the Commission’s decision to prioritise registration over compliance”.

Besides checking institutions, the CQC also has responsibility for registering them.

The report found the CQC “diverted resources in a bid to meet the statutory timetable for registration”.

As a result, it completed just 47 per cent of its target number of compliance reviews of standards of care between October 2010 and April 2011.

Government recruitment restrictions meant 14 per cent of staff positions were vacant last September, with serious shortages of registration assessors and compliance inspectors.

The CQC was established with a budget six per cent lower than the money given to the organisations it replaced, the NAO noted.

Amyas Morse, the Auditor General, said the CQC has had “an uphill struggle to carry out its work effectively and has experienced serious difficulties”.

Margaret Hodge, chairman of the House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee, said of the CQC: “This report raises serious concerns about whether it is up to scratch.”

Cynthia Bower, the CQC’s chief executive, said it was now “firmly on the right track”.

From: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/Care-home-checks-fell-significantly-under-CQC-warns-NAO

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