The Trojan Horse of contract monitoring


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

|Local authorities are reluctant to hand over the regulatory reins, says Karen Rogers| It appears that a new regulator has emerged over the last 12 months, operating parallel to the NCSC ­ its officers call themselves contract officers or quality assurance officers. Yes, it does appear that some local authorities are not happy to have lost their regulatory function and increasingly are setting their own standards and, furthermore, inspecting against them. Anyone involved in the care industry over the last 10 years or so will have listened to Government rhetoric about its intention to reduce bureaucracy for care providers. Maybe they genuinely do have good intentions; maybe they have no idea how much regulation care providers are subject to, or possibly when governments or regulatory bodies talk about reducing bureaucracy, they are referring to bureaucracies that affects themselves. For example, The National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) issued a press statement in May which stated “changes need to be made





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