Reid outlines proposed merger of CSCI and Healthcare Commission

    John Reid has confirmed that the Healthcare Commission and the
    Commission for Social Care Inspection will merge to form a single
    organisation by 2008, writes Clare
    Jerrom.

    The children’s social care function of the CSCI will merge
    with schools watchdog Ofsted to create a single children’s
    services inspectorate, the health secretary confirmed.

    “Throughout the country, professionals in adult social and
    health care are increasingly working more closely together. They
    recognise that the integration of their work brings benefits for
    the people that they serve,” said Reid.

    “The time is right to start the process of bringing
    together the inspectorates for adult social care and health care
    into one single body by 2008,” he added.

    The merger follows on from the department of Health’s
    programme of down-sizing and its current review of arms-length
    bodies.

    The CSCI regulates adult social care services provided by local
    authorities and independent care providers. The Healthcare
    Commission regulates the quality of the NHS and independent health
    care services

    Chair of the CSCI Dame Denise Platt said she was
    “disappointed” by the move and claimed the proposed
    merger heralded a “further period of instability” in
    the future of social care regulation for children and adult
    services.

    Platt said: “We are very concerned that the message sends
    further upheaval to the 1.6 million people who use social care in
    England, their families, and the eight million unpaid carers in the
    UK.”

    The Healthcare Commission gave its backing the proposed merger
    with the CSCI

    Further details of the planned merger will be confirmed
    following wider consultations in the health and social care
    inspection fields.

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