The Care Regulator is dramatically increasing the risks to vulnerable people by reducing the frequency of its inspections, warns AEA.
Action on Elder Abuse, the leading charity challenging the abuse of older people in the United Kingdom, has warned that the Care Quality Commission is increasing the risk to older people by cutting the inspection frequency of residential and domiciliary care services.
In a draft strategy for 2016-21, the CQC proposes a focus on inspecting services deemed to be of higher risk at the expense of all others. The CQC’s annual budget is due to fall from £249m in this financial year to £217m in 2019-20, driven by cuts in Department of Health grant funding. The CQC proposes to instead share more information with local authorities and encourage care providers to monitor their own work and then share the findings with inspectors.
In view of the above we are encouraging the public, including service users and their families, to respond to the CQC consultation and give a clear message that a reduction in the frequency of inspections is unacceptable and not an option.
If you would like to voice your opposition to this proposal, please download the model response letter here: CQC inspections objection letter. Once completed, please email it to: email@example.com
Or complete the CQC questionnaire online at: http://tinyurl.com/gnw6nrm