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New Health Care Regulator Pledges to Be 'Firm but Fair'

Magazine article Public Finance

New Health Care Regulator Pledges to Be 'Firm but Fair'

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The new regulator of health and social care services for England has promised to implement a tough enforcement regime as it opens for business this week.

The Care Quality Commission, which brings together the Healthcare Commission, the Commission for Social Care Inspection and the Mental Health Act Commission, has the power to issue organisations with warnings and financial penalties. It can even withdraw their legal status as service providers if they fail to meet quality standards.

The regulator, chaired by Baroness Young, will use the existing powers held by the previous inspectorates and some aspects of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 to take action in cases of healthcare-acquired infections.

CQC chief executive Cynthia Bower said: 'We intend to take a firm but fair approach to enforcement and when we take up action we will always follow up that action to make sure that improvements are made.'

At the same time, the Department of Heath has published the framework that the CQC will use to regulate health and social care services from next year. …

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