Practices asked for feedback on watchdog registration

The Care and Quality Commission (CQC) is asking for feedback on its guidance for registration standards for all health services including practices that will be enforced next year. By Jonathan Masterton.

Cynthia Bower
Cynthia Bower

The guidance focuses on what services must do in order to meet the 29 registration requirements set by the government, which all health and adult social care providers, both public and private, will have to meet.

Cynthia Bower, chief executive of the CQC, said that the introduction of the new requirements represented a ‘fundamental change’ to the way quality of care would be safeguarded.

‘Registration will make sure all providers across the country are meeting essential common quality standards,’ she said.

‘It will make the system fairer, more transparent, and make it easier for people to compare providers.’

Both the guidance and the registration requirements will be legally enforceable, and the CQC has the power to fine those who do not comply, or, in extreme cases, stop them from operating.

The consultation on the Guidance for Registration closes on 24 August. All the relevant documentation can be found at


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