‘Special measures’ may tip homes into closure
By guest blogger David Waters, Managing Director, CHIS
As many of us are aware, the Government recently unveiled its plans to roll out its scheme for turning around underperforming hospitals to care homes and domiciliary care providers. This is where the CQC identifies those it considers to be failing before placing them in ‘special measures’, where they must improve or potentially face closure.
Improving the quality of care within residential and domiciliary care settings has to be applauded. Certainly the good will thrive and this can only be positive. My concern is the bad will potentially escape by being put into special measures; it will allow them to buy time.
From an insurance perspective any care business that is put into special measures will be obliged to advise their insurers, who may want to take punitive action such as reducing covers and increasing premiums. This may then tip the care business into closure.
If a care business has to close, how will the CQC ensure those people receiving the benefit of, albeit poor, care be cared for? There isn’t an oversupply of care providers or care capacity. I am sure the CQC will have considered this and while its overall intention to drive the quality of care up has to be applauded, we do need to know that real people with real lives will be safeguarded too. Essentially the detail will be in the small print.
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