CQC to launch new elderly care inspection programme

Posted on 17 February 2011

The Care and Quality Commission (CQC) is set to launch a new inspection programme focused on ascertaining how well NHS trusts are meeting the nutritional needs of older patients.

Inspectors will investigate whether taxpayers' money used when paying for care for the elderly is being spent appropriately on food and drink provision and assistance.

The launch comes after a report by the Health Service Ombudsman revealed fundamental failures on the part of some NHS trusts when it comes to ensuring adequate nutrition, communicating with patients on long term care plans and other schemes, and pain control.

CQC chief executive Cynthia Bower explained that the regulator had recently been given new powers to ensure that failing trusts improve their quality and care standards.

She noted: "Where NHS trusts fail to meet the mark, we have tough new enforcement powers, ranging from warnings and fines to closure in extreme cases.

"We will not hesitate to use these powers when necessary to bring improvement."

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