Vote of 'no confidence' for CQC29th June 2011
Delegates attending the National Care Homes Congress have put their signatures to a petition of 'no confidence' in the Care Quality Commission.
Residential care home workers said they did not believe the industry regulator could control health and social care in an effective way.
Questions regarding the regulator's effectiveness were raised following a BBC Panorama programme which showed people at a unit near Bristol allegedly suffering abuse.
The programme secretly filmed people at Winterbourne View being slapped and bullied. The home has now been shut down and the company who owns it has issued an apology.
The CQC said no organisation could prevent "all unacceptable behaviour".
Delegates who attended the conference on the 22 June said "robust and effective regulation" of the industry was crucial but they had "concluded that they have no confidence that the CQC is capable of delivering an effective system of regulation for health and social care".
Congress delegate Andrew Larpent, who runs Somerset Care, which provides 31 residential homes in the West Country, said he was not confident in the effectiveness of the CQC.
He said: "The CQC have set themselves up as a compliance service and not as a quality service.
"Under the previous inspectorate, we had a real sense that we were all working together to try to continually to improve services. Now, we seem to just be doing a tick box exercise and it's not serving the public well."
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Title: Vote of 'no confidence' for CQC
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 18947
Date Added: 29th Jun 2011