Unhappy times for CQC
Comment by Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON
“I think regulation is in a very perilous state at the moment.” – so said Martin Green, chief executive of the English Community Care Association at the two-day CareAgenda event in January.
While it is, perhaps, part of Mr Green’s job to overstate the case when talking about funding and commissioning, I am sure he would not be alone in yearning for some calm on the regulatory ocean after a decade of turmoil, and I think he was just telling it like it is.
It would be a hard call to put any positive spin on where the Care Quality Commission (CQC) finds itself at the moment. Called into being less than 12 months’ ago – the third incarnation of the national social care regulator in the last 10 years – the CQC is now an amalgam of three regulatory bodies, the former CSCI, the Healthcare Commission and the Mental Health Act Commission.
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