Accountability hearing with the Care Quality Commission (2012)

Inquiry status: Government Response published

The Committee's 2012 report drew on key conclusions of the annual accountability hearing with the CQC held in 2011.

The overriding concern expressed in the committee’s report of 2011 was that the CQC had failed to properly balance the demands of registering health and social care providers with the need to rigorously inspect hospitals and care homes. Inspections fell by 70%, a figure deemed by the committee to be "unacceptable" and the committee concluded that the CQC had failed to:

  • understand its own priorities and objectives
  • analyse the resource implications of registering primary and social care providers
  • test the registration model