The Government’s Public Accounts Committee publishes its latest report on The Care Quality Commission, revealing a 13% reduction in CQC funding by 2020
The Public Accounts Committee published a report on 8th march 2018, in which it was acknowledged that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is set to see a 13% reduction in funding from 2015 levels by 2020.
The report concluded that whilst the CQC has improved significantly since it was first reviewed by the Committee in 2012, there are still areas which need work. In particular, the report addressed concerns that the CQC does not regulate health and care systems, instead focusing on the regulation of individual organisations. It was suggested that the CQC should instead consider how local systems are working as a whole, but it was noted that this falls outside of the core remit of the Commission, and a change in legislation would be required to bring this proposal into fruition.
There are also concerns that due to the strain on the CQC’s resources, it may not be able to keep up with its inspection obligations and this could result in a deterioration in the quality of care services. The Committee’s report revealed that the CQC intends to further reduce staffing levels over the next two years and whilst the CQC asserts that it is adequately resourced to manage this, the situation will need to be monitored to ensure that services continue to be inspected. The Public Accounts Committee requires the CQC to provide them with an update in April 2019 as to how environmental changes are impacting its ability to meet its inspection programme.
Other recommendations include ensuring that the CQC’s digital and information collecting infrastructure is in place and strengthening its relationships within localities to ensure that early warning signs of poor care are detected.