Poor providers of social care will be put into special measures and closed down if necessary

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 18 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4690
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Providers of social care in England will face tough new sanctions in which those that consistently fail to provide good quality care or that don’t treat vulnerable patients with dignity and respect will be put into special measures and ultimately risk being closed down, the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has said.

The announcement came alongside evidence that a scheme of special measures introduced in 11 failing hospitals in the wake of the scandal at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust has triggered “transformational improvements in services.”1

The Care Quality Commission will introduce a new inspection and ratings regime for the 25 000 care home and home care services in England from October, which will be designed to “shine a light on poor care to drive up standards.” The system will look …

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