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Care Quality Commission

Health written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Labour, Hayes and Harlington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the potential effects on (a) patients and (b) service users and (c) the public of the Care Quality Commission's plans to reduce the number of planned reviews it carries out.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is responsible for delivering its regulatory functions and determining what reviews it needs to undertake for the purposes of carrying out these functions.

The following information has been provided by the CQC.

The CQC undertook 1,411 compliance reviews (956 planned and 455 responsive) between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2011. The CQC has not announced plans to reduce the number of planned reviews.

Implementation of the new registration system has resulted in lower levels of reviews for a period as resources have been concentrated on bringing providers (particularly national health service and primary dental care providers) into the new regulatory framework.

The CQC expects general practitioner registration to have an impact on the number of reviews undertaken but anticipates having a clearer picture by the end of the current operating year (ending 31 March 2012) of the level at which reviews will settle.

The CQC's priority remains that where it has evidence of a risk compromising quality and safety, it will deploy resources to react swiftly and take appropriate action.

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