Health and social care may deteriorate this year, says outgoing CQC chief

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Outgoing boss of the CQC, Sir David Behan, has told the HSJ that CQC had adjusted its 2018/19 plans to anticipate more work. Previously, the health watchdog has issued stark warnings through its State of Care reports to say that social care is facing a “tipping point” whilst the NHS is undergoing staff shortages and rising demand.

Sir David Behan told the HSJ:-

“We have a model to work out our resource allocation, which basically says how many inspections do we need to do (and) what allowance do we need to make for inspections we have brought forward because of risk. Between April and October 2017, 17% of our inspections were reactive.

The number of reactive inspections we have done has informed our model. We have made some assumptions about deterioration and reactive inspections and they were included in it. That is a dynamic model.”

Sir David steps down as chief executive of the CQC this summer.

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