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Care Quality Commission is still not up to the job, MPs’ report finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6744 (Published 11 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6744
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Three years after MPs delivered a scathing attack on England’s NHS and care regulator, calling it unfit for purpose,1 a new report has said that it is still not up to the job.2

While “substantial progress” has been made at the Care Quality Commission since 2012, it is currently behind schedule on inspections, is beset with staff shortages, and is too slow in responding to tip-offs of poor service and in delivering its reports, MPs on the Public Accounts Committee said.2

Meg Hillier, chair of the committee, said, “Six years after being set up the Care Quality Commission is still not fully effective. There’s too often a long gap …

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