On Wednesday 9th January 2013 the Health Committee will publish its Seventh report of Session 2012–13, 2012 accountability hearing with the Care Quality Commission (HC 592). The report will be available on the Committee’s website www.parliament.uk/healthcom on the day of publication.
The Commons health committee have said that CQC have failed to grasp its primary role: to ensure patient safety. This shift of emphasis and focus, from quality monitoring to safeguarding, is of significance.
LCA’s view remains that the health and social care sectors require good, competent, proportionate regulation employing a methodology that is relevant to the drive towards excellence in care and also meaningful to service users and their families as care ‘customers’. We also argue for commissioning to be subject to the same review processes as front-line care. This is the Winterbourne lesson.
We do seem to have lots of people, in local authority and executive agency roles, inspecting and monitoring care and yet the fundamental shift towards excellence as standard cannot be ‘inspected in’. We need the right funding, workforce development and culture and this takes bold leadership, from within the sector and between the ‘stakeholders’ buying, using and delivering care. It is a key role for LCA to help provide this direction and shared approach in and across Lancashire with health and social care bodies.
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