A wholesale review of the working of the Care QualityCommission must be conducted following revelations of abuse at a learningdisability hospital earlier this week, care providers have said.
On Tuesday Panorama exposed a pattern of abuse at the WinterbourneView learning disability hospital in Bristol.
The CQC had been informed of the abuse in December but had not acted, leadingmany to question the viabilityof its risk-based approach to regulation.
The CQC is conducting an internal review of what went wrong in the case andcare services minister PaulBurstow has ordered an external review of action of both the CQC and thelocal authority in this case.
But the National Care Association has said this dopes not go far enough and a full-scalereview of the operating of the regulator is needed.
“The purpose of the regulator is to regulate services using an assessment processwhich will protect vulnerable members of society,” said Nadra Ahmed, chairof NCA.
“I am writing to the Minister for Social care to ask him to initiate anInquiry without delay to ascertain whether or not the Care Quality Commissionis both fit to deliver the required service and whether it has the confidenceof the sector,” she added.