The future regulation of health and adult social care in England - response to consultation (27 Nov 2006 -28 Feb 2007)
This document is the Government’s formal response to the November 2006 consultation document 'The future regulation of health and adult social care in England'. The consultation ran from November 2006 to February 2007. Over 100 written responses from a wide variety of stakeholders were received. Workshops and open forums were also held to consider the document. The consultation response: - reaffirms the Government’s vision for regulation - summarises the main themes heard in response to the consultation - outlines the organisational roles and responsibilities for each of the seven regulatory functions identified by the consultation document, and - reinforces the Government’s commitment to establish a new integrated health and adult social care regulator by outlining the roles and responsibilities for the new regulator, the Care Quality Commission as a tough new regulator for health and social care It will have stronger powers to help tackle Healthcare Associated Infections The Care Quality Commission will have a key role in tackling and preventing Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAIs), strengthening the current system of regulation. They will have the power to carry out annual infection control inspections, increase the frequency of checks for hospitals with high rates of HCAIs, and take rapid action to close down wards if necessary, making sure that they are thoroughly cleaned before they can be reopened for patients. They will also be able to issue early warning notices in order to ensure Trusts take swift action when issues arise.