Following the recent breast surgery scandal (where a private surgeon was convicted for performing unnecessary breast surgery on women between 1997 and 2011) and the Grenfell Tower fire, the CQC has demonstrated that it will take steps to more closely regulate those organisations that fall within its regime.

Identifying risks

Among other measures to be adopted, “CQC Insight”, a data tool for tracking risk in registered providers, is being developed.

The CQC is also considering introducing “freedom to speak up guardians” in the private sector (which currently exist in the NHS), so that staff can confidentially disclose safety concerns.

In certain spheres of regulation, CQC will work closely with insurers to gather intelligence to inform its inspection activity.

Closer oversight

The CQC has also demonstrated that it will regulate more closely in response to recent events generally. For example, the CQC encouraged more than 31,000 people working for private hospitals, care homes and hospices to carry out urgent fire safety reviews following the Grenfell Tower fire. 

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Posted on 10/07/2017 in Legal Updates

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