The Care Quality Commission has just published its latest annual report, showing that it has increased the number of criminal actions it has initiated against medical providers.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

It inspects and assesses health and social care providers against the standards of performance which are expected to be provided to all health and social care users.

Their fundamental standards relate to a variety of aspects of care provision:

• Person-centred
• Dignity and respect
• Consent
• Safety safeguarding from abuse
• Food and drink
• Premises and equipment
• Complaints
• Good governance
• Staffing
• Duty of candour
• Display of ratings

Their new report shows over 30% increase in criminal actions against health and care providers, a 16% increase in civil actions but a 19% decrease in warning notices issued.

The report further identified that, whereas 53% of services previously rated as requiring improvement did improve, 23% of those previously rated as good, declined.

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