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The CQC's first prosecution for a breach of duty of candour

Laura Hannah
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It was recently reported that the CQC prosecuted University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust for breaching the duty of candour, contrary to Regulation 20 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014. This is the first reported...

Food Standards Agency launches 'Here to Help' campaign

Emily Hill
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The Food Standards Agency (FSA) have implemented a practical guide for businesses so they are aware of how to register, re-open and adapt to the way they trade during COVID-19. During the national lockdown, it is the case that many established...

Councils use new powers to close establishments

Alison Marriott
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Local councils in the North West have used new powers, under the COVID-19 regulations, to close establishments after what was described in one case as a ‘flagrant disregard’ for the new rules. Concerns were raised regarding failing to ensure...

HSE inspecting businesses for COVID-secure measures

Alison Marriott
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The recent spike in coronavirus cases in the North West has seen the HSE taking action by visiting businesses in Blackburn and surrounding areas to ensure they are COVID-secure. The inspectors are working alongside local public health authorities and...

Ofsted announces changes to its post inspection and complaints processes

Chloe Parish
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Following a public consultation, Ofsted have announced that it will be revising its post-inspection and complaints-handling arrangements to ensure that concerns about inspections can be dealt with quickly and before an inspection report has been finalised....

The resumption of dental services - business as usual?

Carl Johnson
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On 25th March, in response threat posed by COVID-19, the Chief Dental Officer for England announced that all routine, non-urgent dental care should be stopped and deferred until further notice. This caused significant concern within the profession and left...

Challenging the CQC's decision to refuse your registration

Laura Hannah
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One of the unfortunate outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic is that many care homes and nursing homes may end up having to close due to the additional financial pressures this pandemic has placed on already struggling social care services. In recent years,...

CQC prosecution highlights gap in the law for unregistered providers

Laura Hannah
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A recent prosecution brought by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) against an unregistered provider has further highlighted a serious gap in the legislation concerning the regulation of unregistered services. On 10 June 2020, the owners of a homecare...

What is a rent repayment order and can I defend it?

Chloe Parish
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A rent repayment order (known as an ‘RRO’) is an order made by the first-tier tribunal requiring a landlord to repay a specified amount of rent. An application for an RRO can be made by either the council or the tenants of the relevant...

General Pharmaceutical Council failing to meet four of the Standards of Good Regulation for Fitness to Practise

Francesca Snape
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The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) for Health and Social Care oversees the ten statutory bodies that regulate health professionals in the United Kingdom and social workers in England. The PSA are an independent body who are accountable to...

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