Care Quality Commission cuts inspections to meet deadlines for registration

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 02 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7873
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The Care Quality Commission halved the number of inspections, or “compliance reviews,” it carried out last winter, while it struggled to meet deadlines for registering providers, says a report from the National Audit Office (NAO).

Between October 2010 and March 2011, the commission completed only 47% of its planned compliance reviews, which aim to ensure hospitals and other providers are delivering safe care, after diverting staff to meet statutory deadlines for registration, according to the public spending watchdog. It concludes that the commission is not yet delivering value for money in regulating the safety and quality of health and social care in England.

The NAO said the commission, created in 2009 from three former regulators, missed deadlines for registering care providers, while its compliance work more than halved in its attempt to meet the deadlines.

Blame for the failure to achieve value for money lies with both …

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