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Home Care Services: Standards

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps he has taken to ensure that levels of care users of domiciliary care support services receive are consistent with the standard set by his Department; and if he will make a statement. (270349)

The new integrated regulator of health and adult social care, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), took over from the Commission for Social Care Inspection, the Healthcare Commission and the Mental Health Act Commission on 1 April 2009.

CQC is responsible for registering and inspecting all providers of domiciliary care. It has a wide range of enforcement powers under the Care Standards Act 2000. These include issuing notices requiring improvement within a specified time period, prosecuting providers for failing to provide proper care and even closing down a provider by cancelling its registration.

From 2010, CQC will be introducing a new system of registration under the Health and Social Care Act 2008. This will give it additional powers to fine providers and suspend those which are not providing acceptable levels of care.