Doctors Slam Health Regulator As Not Fit For Purpose

After series of alleged blunders, British Medical Association says it has no confidence in CQC’s ability to oversee health services.

Embattled health regulator the Care Quality Commission is “not fit for purpose”, leading doctors have said.

The professional association for doctors, the British Medical Association said that it had “no confidence” in the Care Quality Commission’s ability to regulate health services.

At the BMA’s annual conference in Edinburgh, Dr Mark Corcoran listed a series of alleged blunders by the regulator, including the latest allegations of a cover-up over inspections at a children’s hospital in Cumbria and its failure to properly investigate the Winterbourne View care home, where a number of patients were abused by some of the staff.

“It transpires that CQC ‘inspected’ Winterbourne View three times in the two years prior to May 2011 and judged it to be compliant with essential standards of quality and safety,” he said.

“It seems CQC failed to perform its essential duties.”

The Independent

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