Local MP backs empowering of Care Quality Commission

October 4, 2010 12:00 PM

Local MP, Tom Brake, has welcomed increasing the regulatory powers given to the Care Quality Commission. The Commission currently oversees 24,000 service providers to older and disabled people. It will now have more regulatory powers to enforce standards in service including on-the-spot fines and suspension of registration.

This comes on the heels of 40 care homes and agencies closing after failing to meet standards and subsequent CQC action. Abuse of residents, lack of staff training, and poor sanitary conditions have all been cited as reasons for closure.

Tom Brake said: "This is exactly why we have commissions - to protect citizens from abuses that would normally go unreported. Expanding the regulatory power of the CQC means better standards and better care for the elderly and disabled."

In the mean time, care givers had to find temporary placement for almost 700 elderly or disabled people. Closing care homes is always the last choice for regulators as there is a chance to avoid the trauma of moving the residents.

"It's essential that regulatory bodies are able to enforce their standards" said Tom Brake. "We all hope that in our old age we are taken care of with appropriate respect. Subjecting anyone to a less than adequate care home is unfair and unacceptable."

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