Press release

Tough inspections to root out poor home care

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Care Services Minister Paul Burstow welcomes the Care Quality Commission’s announcement that it will carry out a programme of inspections

Care Services Minister Paul Burstow today welcomed the Care Quality Commission’s announcement that it would carry out a programme of inspections of 250 providers of home care services.

The inspections will focus on the respect, care and welfare of people who receive care services in their own homes, as well as the support given to the staff providing the care. They will run alongside the CQC’s planned reviews of home care services, in addition to the 1,000-plus unannounced inspections of adult social care services the Commission carries out every month.

Most people would rather stay in their own home as long as possible. Ministers are determined that people receiving care in their own homes are treated with dignity and respect at all times.

Paul Burstow said:

“The CQC’s programme of unannounced inspections for home care providers is part of a key coalition government policy of shining a light on poor care and rooting out bad practice. The lessons are already being learned from similar inspections in hospitals and care homes.

“I am determined that everyone should get the best possible care, whether they are in hospital, a care home or their own home.”