Care homes urged to review fire safety


Care homes are being urged review their fire safety checks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

CQC CEO Sir David Behan has written a letter to providers to ensure that safety measures are up to date, understood and applied consistently.

Sir David said: “As the regulator, our purpose is to ensure people receive safe, effective, compassionate and high quality care and to encourage improvement.

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“With recent events in mind, I am writing to ask that you review your fire safety processes in your registered premises to ensure they are up to date and are being applied consistently in practice. In particular, I ask you to pay attention to the size and fabric of your registered premises. You may have carried out such a review already but if you have not, I encourage you to do so.

“We will continue to assess fire safety when we register and inspect providers, focusing on passive and active fire protection and on how fire safety is managed on a day to day basis.”

Kent County Council earlier this week announced that it was carrying out an urgent review of its buildings with cladding, including care homes.


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