20Apr 2017
The RIdout Report. GreenFlower

Lessons and learnings for providers In 2015/2016 the 660 highest fined defendants clocked up approximately £39m in fines. After the courts began applying the health and safety sentencing guidelines in 2016/2017, it took only the 20 highest fined defendants to accumulate the same level of fines. It took over 30 times as many defendants before […]

21Feb 2017
The Ridout Report. Green swirl grass image.

At Ridouts we have noticed an increase in CQC using its power to impose conditions of registration on providers’ services.  In particular, the imposition of positive conditions – those that require providers to take affirmative action – appears to have increased in recent months. Under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (“Act”), CQC has […]

16Jan 2017
The RIdout Report. GreenFlower

At its most recent board meeting, CQC discussed its wish to persuade the Department of Health to amend existing legislation to enable it to “demonstrate when it has forced positive action” from providers. Currently the CQC is not permitted to publish information on any enforcement action being taken against a provider until that action has […]

30Sep 2016
The Ridout Report. Green swirl grass image.

Further to their concluded consultation, CQC has this September published a new ‘Code of practice on confidential personal information’ (the Code). Through the consultation CQC proposed to revise its Code on confidential personal information (CPI) governing the way in which CQC obtains, handles, uses and discloses information in its possession. As defined within the Health and Social Care Act 2008, CPI includes medical records, care records and personal documentation that […]

05Sep 2016
The RIdout Report. Ice Frozen

At Ridouts, we make factual accuracy challenges on behalf of clients on a regular basis, securing changes in relation to factual findings, judgments and ratings. However, frustratingly, we do encounter situations where the Lead Inspector refuses to accept factual accuracy comments even when it can be shown that CQC’s findings are demonstrably wrong or misleading. […]