Watchdog is willing to bite

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

When the chair of the newly embodied National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) Anne Parker gave Counsel and Care¹s Graham lecture in November, she outlined how the Commission intended to work with the long-term care sector. Mrs Parker described the NCSC as an independent watchdog for care services which had wide powers of enforcement, and would not hesitate to use them in its efforts to protect vulnerable people and raise standards in their quality of life. “The Commission will seek to work in partnership by influence, but if all else fails, it will use its strong enforcement powers, especially as a means of achieving its mandate to protect vulnerable people in residential care and receiving care at home, particularly children and older people,” she said. “Those powers include not only being able, through the courts, to impose fines but also to place requirements for improvements and, in exceptional cases, to close homes. Of course, when these powers are used, owners and providers will have the right to appe

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