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England home care services to be inspected

22nd November 2011

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has confirmed that home care services in England will undergo new inspections from April 2012.

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The CQC said it will write reports on 250 companies which provide services such as washing, eating and dressing at home.

The CQC reports will be completed before an assessment from the health watchdog on national home care services comes out.

A report due out on 23 November by the Equality and Human Rights Commission is expected to be highly critical of home care.

An EHRC spokesperson said the CQC's inspections could act as an "important first step" in addressing the issues raised by its report.

The inspections will be assisted by an advisory group, which will contain staff from the EHRC, Age UK and the United Kingdom Homecare Association. 

CQC chief executive Cynthia Bower said: "The operation of home care is not as transparent as care in hospitals and other sectors because the interactions happen behind closed doors.

"That is why we want to focus on this sector of social care in this way." 

The inspections come after a CQC pilot scheme which inspected 30 home care services.

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