The Care Quality Commission: Regulating the quality and safety of health and adult social care – National Audit Office – 2 December 2011

Posted on December 7, 2011. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality | Tags: , |

The Care Quality Commission: Regulating the quality and safety of health and adult social care – National Audit Office – 2 December 2011

“The Care Quality Commission had a difficult task in establishing itself and has not so far achieved value for money in regulating the quality and safety of health and adult social care in England, according to a report by the National Audit Office today. The Commission missed deadlines for registering health and social care providers, other than NHS trusts, at the same time as levels of compliance and inspection activity were falling significantly.

The Commission, formed in 2009, had to merge three existing regulators to establish a new organisation and implement a new regulatory approach, which for the first time integrates health and social care. The Commission’s budget is less than the combined budget of its predecessor bodies, even though it has more responsibilities. Even so, it underspent against budget in both 2009-10 and 2010-11. This was partly because it had a significant number of staff vacancies. At the end of September 2011, 14 per cent of staff positions were vacant. The Commission was unable to fill vacancies as quickly as it might, because of government-wide recruitment constraints.”

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