Commenting the Public Accounts Committee report on the Care Quality Commission, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, the older people’s charity, said:

“The CQC’s recent strategy - and in particular its more robust approach to inspections – can only work if it is able to recruit enough good inspectors. It is therefore very worrying that the Public Accounts Committee reports high levels of staff vacancies, high staff turnover and delays in inspection reports. Unless the quality and timeliness of reports improves, there is a real risk that public confidence in the CQC will be undermined.

“The key to maintaining quality is clearly recruitment of more inspectors. However, in asking the CQC to model cuts of 25-40% in its budget, the government is increasing uncertainty at the regulator and potentially make recruitment harder. The government should confirm appropriate funding as soon as possible so that the CQC can plan ahead, recruit staff and further improve public confidence.”

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