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The CQC And Its Move Towards Imposing Conditions On Registration

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the CQC introduced a risk-based inspection model and focused its inspection activity where service users were deemed to be at risk of harm. Since the introduction of this risk-based system, we have seen an overall increase in the CQC’s enforcement action. This has also been confirmed by the CQC’s Chief Executive Ian …

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Notices of Decision – Using the Appeal Process to your Advantage

It is always worrying when you receive a letter from the CQC that states it has decided to cancel your registration, suspend your registration, or impose conditions on your registration, which in effect, will prevent you as a provider from conducting business. At Ridouts we have received numerous calls from panicked providers about the effects …

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Are Your Representations Against CQC Notices of Proposal Being Ignored?

At Ridouts we are frequently seeing that the CQC is automatically adopting Notices of Proposal, seemingly ignoring, or not testing the validity of, the representations submitted by Providers. In some cases the CQC is sending out Notices of Decision months after the Notice of Proposal was issued and therefore months and months, in some cases …

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What happens if the CQC wants to vary a practice’s conditions of registration?

The CQC’s focus on ‘Smarter Regulation’ in its new strategy includes a risk-based model of inspection. This model could lead to a much greater focus on GP practices that are perceived as ‘risky’ by the CQC, which could in turn lead to an increase in enforcement action. At Ridouts, we are already seeing an increase …

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Conditions of Registration – Giving the CQC even more control over your business?

For some time, CQC has been undertaking more activity based on risk and focusing efforts on services where they perceive concerns have arisen, or patient safety is at risk. This is not changing under the CQC’s new strategy. CQC’s business plan for 2020-2023 identifies four business priorities and 10 objectives. One of these is to …

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