‘Special measures’ may tip homes into closure

Posted on July 21st, by geoff in CT blog. 3 comments

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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3 responses to “‘Special measures’ may tip homes into closure”

  1. Aan Firth says:

    There will come a time when ‘decent’ care providers – who feel they are being persecuted by CQC, turn round to this Government (and may be subsequent governments if they have the same attitude to care home providers) – and say ‘If you think you can do it any better – then get on with it’.

    I don’t think the Government, or the public sector in general has any idea how disenchanted many within the sector are. By all means expect ‘quality’ if you pay for quality. If you want an Armani suit then don’t go looking for it in Primark.

  2. Bob Ferguson says:

    Early days yet, with much flesh to be put on the bone. While Mr Firth’s disenchantment is understandable, I prefer the more measured approach taken by Care England’s Martin Green – http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2014/jul/16/special-measures-care-homes-properly-funded.

  3. Irene Gray says:

    I agree with Bob entirely, there has to be some benefit provided the system is measured and done in conjunction with the sector. The fact is, this approach will almost certainly happen under the current government, so those of us in the Care Home sector must make sure we are heard and are able to influence both the system and our own destiny.

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