CQC Must Shoulder Some Responsibility Regarding Winterbourne View

July 18, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More







The English Community Care Association (ECCA), the leading representative body for independent care providers, has today reacted with surprise to the Care Quality Commission’s analysis of the Winterbourne View case.


Martin Green, Chief Executive of ECCA, says:

“The CQC has failed to take due responsibility for their own failings in the Winterbourne View case. CQC has talked about failures by the provider and by local health and social care services, but has not fully acknowledged that cases like this also show a fundamental flaw in its own performance.”


Martin Green continues:

“If the quality assurance system is to be left entirely to providers and local safeguarding authorities, it raises the question as to why are we paying the CQC so much to deliver so little.”



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  1. Sue Turner says:

    As an ex-Castlebeck nurse, I have followed the proceedings of the Winterbourne View case keenly and have yet to learn of any CQC employees being suspended or sacked over their failing to respond to three alerts of abuse (actual and potential) by a senior nurse at WV.

    After the Panorama programme aired, Dame Jo Williams (chair of the CQC), categorically stated that the failings of the CQC in the affair were unforgivable, and she issued an unreserved apology. She also stated that she in no way sought to minimise the culpability of the CQC in the matter.
    What a shame back-pedalling isn’t an Olympic sport. Dame Jo and her colleagues would be gold medal contenders.

  2. Mark Sadler says:

    I completely agree with Martin.
    CQC say that they will be keeping a closer eye on Castlebeck, and their other homes. I would like them to be specific about what that means. The frequency of announced visits will increase from almost never to how frequently exactly ?
    And will they respond quicker to whistle blowers ?
    Again what is the current process ? if any….?
    Clueless !

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