CQC’s debate on hidden cameras

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On Monday, CQC hosted its first round table discussion on covert surveillance.

Representatives and professionals from across the adult social care sector attended the discussion. The purpose of the debate was to provide an opportunity to discuss the use of hidden cameras including its role in exposing poor care.

CQC explained on its website that there is a huge range of opinion regarding the use of hidden cameras with many people supporting the idea that there might be some circumstances where cameras could be used and others wanting to know how a person’s dignity, privacy and respect would be maintained.

Commenting on the round table discussion CQC’s chief inspector, Andrea Sutcliffe said: “There wasn’t consensus on all points in the room, but most certainly felt that the use of covert surveillance by CQC should be a last resort and that we need to listen to people who are using services, their families, staff and other visitors and respond effectively. There’s more work to do but I am very grateful to everyone who took part.”

CQC’s consultation on how it regulates, inspects and rates services ends on 4 June 2014. Visit CQC’s website to find out more about sharing your views.

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