Consultation outcome

Visiting in care homes, hospitals and hospices

Applies to England

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

This is a response to the government consultation on introducing ‘visiting’ as a new Care Quality Commission fundamental standard for care homes, hospitals and hospices.

You can also see an easy read version of the government’s response to the consultation.

See the regulatory de minimis impact assessment.

Original consultation


This consultation will inform the government's proposed development of secondary legislation on visiting in care homes, hospitals and hospices.

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Consultation description

We’re seeking your views on visiting in health and care settings to inform our decisions around making visiting rules mandatory for the good of service users.

The Department of Health and Social Care wants to ensure that visiting (including accompanying people to hospital appointments) is protected and that it remains a priority for health and care providers so that patients and residents can receive visitors whenever it is reasonable and safe.

See the easy read version of this consultation.

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Published 21 June 2023
Last updated 20 December 2023 + show all updates
  1. Added a link to the impact assessment.

  2. Removed the 'Visiting in care homes, hospitals and hospices: regulatory de minimis assessment (impact assessment)' as it is pending updates.

  3. Added consultation outcome, accompanying data tables and regulatory de minimis assessment.

  4. Added link to easy read version of consultation.

  5. First published.