Long-suffering sector braces itself for further upheaval in regulation


Posted on March 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The response to the Government’s announcement that the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) is to be merged with the Healthcare Commission has had a jaded ring to it. The National Care Homes Association (NCHA) says it is disappointed, and the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) has questioned the wisdom of the move, with both provider associations saying the sector would be better served with some stability in regulation. For years, statutory regulation of social care has been something of a mulberry bush around which inspectors and provider alike have been constrained to dance. The disaster of Longcare and the subsequent report in 1998 went a long way to bring about the consolidation of local authority inspection units into a single national body – the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC). Three years, and much damage later, the NCSC was transformed in a Social Services Inspectorate takeover to become the current CSCI, which is now to have its focus further softened by being blended with





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