Elections and referendum won’t put brakes on CQC’s activities

Care home regulator CQC has reiterated that its day-to-day duties will not change in the run up to this summer’s referendum despite it being forced to respect a ‘pre-election period’ that restricts the publication of certain information.  

With both local and mayoral elections also imminent, public bodies such as the CQC have to abide by a set of short-term rules that govern what they can say in the period before an election or referendum. It also has a duty to be politically impartial.

The ‘pre-election period’ for local and mayoral elections happening in parts of the UK got underway last Thursday and will run until 5 May, while the quiet period for the EU referendum will begin on 27 May and end on the 23 June.

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The CQC said: “While we will not be publishing new national reports during this time, we want to be clear that this will not affect our activities that we class as ‘business as usual’. As the regulator of health and adult social care, our role is to monitor, inspect, and regulate services to make sure people receive safe, high-quality and compassionate care and to encourage improvement. This will continue.”

The organisation said it will continue to carry out inspections of health and adult social care services across the country, including planned and follow-up inspections, as well as those that are in response to concerns.

Also, the pre-election period rules will not prevent it from taking enforcement actions against providers that are not delivering the care that is expected of them.

“We will continue to publish our findings and judgements of services in our inspections reports, including our ratings of Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement and Inadequate so that providers and the public have clear information about the performance of their local services and providers can make the necessary improvements,” the CQC added.

The CQC said that while it can’t confirm exact dates just yet, it expects to publish judgements and reports on the following NHS trusts during or around the local and mayoral pre-election period having already held listening events and carried out our inspections:

Bradford Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Brook Bristol (Sexual Health Service Provider)

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust

Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation NHS Trust

Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

NSL South West Region (Non-urgent Private Ambulance Service Provider)

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

The Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust

University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust

West London Mental Health Trust

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Similarly, it expects to publish the following inspection reports during or around the pre-EU referendum period:

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust

Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Southend University Hospital NHS Trust

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (Community Health Service)

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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