Paul Ridout

Why appeasing the CQC could lead to a catastrophe later down the line

Our lawyers have been engaged in supporting Health and Care providers with their relationships with regulators for many years. Over the last 20 years there has been a steady increase in the regularity and intensity of regulator intrusion into care provision businesses.  Whilst those businesses face many of the same challenges and operational issues as …

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Care providers can influence fair fee rates – Seize the opportunity

The Department of Health and Social Care (“DHSC”) published statutory guidance on 24 March 2022. Local Authorities (“LAs”) are required to report to DHSC on cost of care exercises for 65 years plus care homes and 18 plus domiciliary care together with a Market Sustainability plan and details of how they have spent the new …

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Addressing Unwelcome News of GP Seniority Overpayments

On 4 February 2022, Health Service Journal reported on prospective plans by the NHS to seek to recover alleged overpaid seniority payments to GPs. The sensational but concerning epithet “claw back” is used. “Claw back” suggests recovery by any means that may include recovery by steps other than formal legal action. Such action would give …

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Letters of Intent – A serious threat from the CQC – as published in Caring Times

Over the past 2 to 3 years we have witnessed an increasing distaste from the CQC for any form of challenge to their decisions in relation to care services.  Added to this the CQC have shown a strong preference to follow registration and enforcement action based on their own devised practices and procedures rather than …

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Ridouts partners with Suffolk Association of Independent Care Providers

Ridouts is delighted to partner with Suffolk Association of Independent Care Providers, an esteemed champion for the sector. SAICP ensures the voices of independent care providers in Suffolk are heard and provides its members with access to relevant and helpful resources. Ridouts provide legal, operational and strategic advice to providers who are faced with matters …

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Let’s keep regulators and Tribunals to their correct remit

Over recent years we have seen the growth of statutory tribunals with panels comprised of a legally qualified chairperson and selected experts to determine a variety of a specialised issues. It is not clear whether this is born from a desire to relieve mainstream courts of workload, or to speed dispute resolution in specialised cases, …

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