Only a few days to go: We’re raising £25,000 to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can hold their elected representatives to account.

Donate to our crowdfunder

Care Homes: Standards

Health written question – answered on 3rd May 2011.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to (a) maintain and (b) improve standards of local authority-run care homes.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

Under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 providers of care homes must be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and meet a set of essential requirements of safety and quality.

Failure to comply with the requirements is an offence, and CQC has a wide range of enforcement powers that it can use if the provider is not compliant.

The Care Quality Commission will shortly be consulting on the details of a new “Excellence” award for adult social care providers. This will enable the best care providers to gain recognition and will encourage others to go beyond the essential standards to deliver truly excellent care.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes1 person thinks so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.