CQC “in breach of statutory duties” by not inspecting care homes during pandemic, says Hourglass

05 May 2020 – Hourglass

Hourglass, on 05.05.2020 joined forces with ten other organisations who provide advice and services to older people, people with learning disabilities, cognitive disabilities, mental health issues and/or autism and their families in writing to CQC to raise their concerns about the decision to stop carrying out inspections of care homes and hospitals. The news follows the CQC’s announcement on 16.03.2020 that the regulator would cease regular inspections, save for “in a very small number of cases” where there are “concerns of harm, such as allegations of abuse”.

The letter, sent by law firm Leigh Day on behalf of the organisations argue that vulnerable people are being put at heightened risk due to the suspension of inspections and that that the policy places the CQC in breach of its statutory duties under the Human Rights Act 1998, the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and the Equality Act 2010.

The organisations involved are: Challenging Behaviour Foundation, Respond, Rightful Lives, Learning Disability England, Bringing Us Together, Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, Hourglass, Bristol Reclaiming Independent Living, People First, Inclusion London and Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance.

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