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How is the CQC compounding the factors which have led to the Government facing legal action over failing people with learning disabilities and autism?

The Government is now facing legal action over its repeated failure to move people with learning disabilities and autism into appropriate accommodation. Yesterday, the Equality and Human Rights Commission issued a pre-action letter to the Secretary of State for Health arguing that the DHSC has breached the ECHR for failing to meet the targets set …

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CQC consults on draft new guidance for regulating services for autistic people and people with a learning disability

The CQC are currently consulting on proposed new guidance for Providers of services to autistic people and people with a learning disability. They have published the draft text of the new guidance, plus a set of case studies, and are seeking views from the sector before these are finalised. The CQC proposes to issue this …

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Jeremy Hunt appointed Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee

Former Conservative leadership candidate and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been appointed the Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee. This is a cross-party group of MPs and members of the House of Lords who are tasked with investigating issues around health and social care and look into how these have been handled …

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The Alzheimer’s Society finds people with dementia spending far too long in hospital

The results of the Alzheimer’s Society research into NHS emergency hospital admissions in the six years up to 2017/2018 have been widely reported this week. The research finds that approximately 25% of patients had dementia of some form recorded on admission, a rise of almost a quarter since 2012/2013. Some of this increase may be …

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Care Inspectorate sees rise in complaints in care services in Scotland

The Care Inspectorate, the national regulator for care services in Scotland released its quarterly figures last week. The third quarter figures 2019/2020, which include data up to the end of December 2019, indicate that whilst complaints to the regulator are on the rise, enforcement action remains relatively static. The number of complaints received by the …

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CQC inspection reports pulled due to conduct of “expert by experience”

Ridouts has been made aware that CQC has removed a number of inspection reports from publication following concerns that an expert by experience had duplicated quotes and evidence across different providers’ reports, making the evidence base of the reports unsound.  It has been suggested that as a result of the conduct of the expert by …

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CQC identifies a concerning “issue” with information gathered during inspections

The Care Quality Commission (“CQC”) have put notices on a number of provider profile pages on their website in recent days confirming that they have “removed” inspection reports. Their stated reasons are: “We found an issue with some of the information gathered by an individual who supported our inspection.” This mysterious “issue” seems to have …

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