Impact of forthcoming elections on CQC and their duties

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With the forthcoming elections approaching, public bodies, such as the CQC, are having to respect a ‘pre-election period’, which places certain short-term restrictions on what they’re allowed to publish and announce in the period before an election.

CQC will not be publishing any new national reports during the pre-election period (13 April 2017 – 4 May 2017). But they’ve made it clear that despite this, their usual activities that they class ‘as business as usual’ will not be affected.

They will continue to carry out inspections of health and adult social care services across the country, including planned and follow-up inspections, as well as those that are in response to concerns. They will also continue to take enforcement actions against providers, if they find this necessary.

They will also continue to publish their findings and judgements of services in their inspections reports, including their ratings.

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