CQC Compliance and Enforcement/Appeals
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is an independent regulator of health and social care in England. It regulates hospitals, GP’s, dentists and care homes to name a few. Providers are required to comply with the Health & Social Care (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014.
In the event of a breach of the regulations, the CQC can take enforcement action and force improvement of the services provided or in serious cases suspend or terminate registration. If you receive a warning notice from the CQC which you dispute, you have 10 days in which to make written representations to them.
In the event that you are unhappy with a decision made by the CQC in relation to the service you provide or where you have received a warning notice from them, you should contact our specialist team immediately for advice.
Care Home Negligence Claims
The staff within the care home have a responsibility and duty of care for their residents. Sometimes, the standard of care provided falls below an acceptable level and in these cases, the individual or their family can pursue a claim for compensation.
The causes of neglect within care homes could be due to multiple factors such as a lack of supervision, experience or training. This can lead to wrongly dispensed medication, dehydration or pressure sores, accidents and falls. There may also be circumstances whereby you suspect that the elderly are being mistreated.
If you are at all concerned about the care your loved one is receiving, please contact us for advice on whether a negligence claim can be bought on their behalf.
Care Home Contracts
If a person is self funding or pays a proportion of their fees, they are required to sign a contract. It would be sensible to obtain advice as to its terms before signing. The Care Standards Act 2000 sets out a standard form of contract for the provision of services and facilities and requires that terms and conditions include:
Details of the room to be occupied
information about overall care and services covered by the fee
Fees payable and by whom
Details of additional services
Rights and obligations of the service user and registered provider and who is liable if there is a breach of contract
Terms and conditions of occupancy including the period of notice etc
We are able to review a care home contract for you and provide advice as to your obligations and liabilities together with commenting on the fairness of the contract terms.
Please contact us on 0800 567 7595 or by email at [email protected]
Alternatively, you can contact each of our offices on 020 3292 1306 (London); 0121 259 0005 (Birmingham); 01223 420252 (Cambridge); 01865 784098 (Oxford); 01858 414284 (Market Harborough); 0116 208 1495 (Leicester).
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