The Care Quality Commission: will it be just another regulator?
By PETER GROSE, partner, Lester Aldridge Solictors
At the end of October 2007 the Department of Health (DoH) published its response to the public consultation on The Future Regulation of Health and Adult Social Care in England (DoH November 2006). The response confirms that the Government plans to introduce in this parliamentary session a Bill to establish a new ‘super regulator’ for health and social care to be called the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC will not merely take over the existing functions of the Healthcare Commission (HCC), the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) and the Mental Health Act Commission, it will police an entirely new system of registration and regulation.