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Extend the scope of the CQC

We will extend the scope of the CQC to cover the health-related services commissioned by local authorities.

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England – it  inspects and rates services, publishing reviews and ratings for the public. This manifesto pledge proposes to extend the scope of the CQC to include a duty to assess and rate health-related services commissioned by local authorities.

Until 2017 the CQC focused on assessing sectors where a rating would be considered most beneficial, including NHS Trusts and GP practices. But following a consultation, it was decided the CQC should rate additional service providers, e.g. providers of cosmetic surgery or substance misuse services.

However, there were concerns that certain types of providers had been left out of the regulations, for instance, those operating under the name of “independent community health service providers” – this concern led to a second consultation.

The government sought views as to whether the CQC should further extend the scope of their assessments and ratings. The government’s response document following the consultation said the majority of respondents supported proposals to expand the scope of the CQC. Amendments to the CQC regulations were subsequently made and came into force in April 2018.

The government has extended the scope of the CQC as proposed, so this pledge can be marked as ‘done’.

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