Care Homes: Closures

Department of Health written question – answered on 2nd March 2017.

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Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Labour, Kingston upon Hull North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) private and (b) local authority-controlled care homes were closed by the Care Quality Commission due to poor ratings in each year since 2009-10.

Photo of David Mowat David Mowat The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England.

The CQC has advised the following information:

Table showing the number of care homes de-activated as a result of enforced de-registration of the provider by the CQC, by latest overall rating where applicable.

Good

Requires improvement

Inadequate

No published overall rating

Total care homes de-activated due to enforced de-registration of the provider

2014/15

0

0

1

33

34

2015/16

1

3

28

20

52

2016/17

0

5

38

11

54

Total care homes for providers deregistered through enforcement

1

8

67

64

140

For the purposes of this Question, the CQC has included information relating to services which have been subject to enforced de-registration. There will be a number of other care homes who voluntarily exited the market before being forcibly removed by the CQC.

The CQC is not currently able to separate private and council-run services within adult social care. The CQC is currently looking at the way in which it records and reports on adult social care information.

However, the table shows the number of locations closed as a result of the enforced de-registration of the provider. In some cases, these will be true closures where the care home service is no longer open or operating. In others it may be that the care home has appeared to close but the service continues under a new registration due to a legal entity change or a change in the provider.

Enforced de-registration is only recorded at provider level and the CQC cannot currently report on locations closed through enforcement if the provider de-registered voluntarily or remains registered (if one of a provider’s locations is closed). Therefore, the table will not be an exhaustive list of the care homes the CQC has closed down; the actual figure will likely be higher.

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