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Hospitals and care homes that fail to provide basic care will face prosecution, says UK regulator

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5850 (Published 26 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5850
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

The performance of hospitals and care homes is to be subject to a new tier of inspection criteria that will include basic standards of care, such as whether an individual has been given adequate food and drink, a senior adviser at the Care Quality Commission has said.

Alan Rosenbach, special policy adviser at the CQC, said that providers that fail to deliver the basics will be fast tracked to prosecution under new powers awarded to the regulator. The new powers will include the ability to place providers into a “quality failure regime.”

In what he described as “a shocking indictment” of the system, Rosenbach told delegates at the National Ageing Population Conference in London on 24 September that the government …

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