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Care directors ‘could be held accountable for neglect and abuse cases’

5th July 2013

The government has announced new plans that will increase the accountability of care home and hospital directors who preside over serious cases of neglect and abuse.

A new Department of Health consultation has proposed a number of measures that will ensure directors can be held personally and criminally accountable for failures in care, in the wake of the recent Winterbourne View and Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust scandals.

Suggested measures include the introduction of a compulsory fit and proper person test for directors and the closure of a loophole in the system whereby providers responsible for major care failures can escape prosecution.

The government also hopes to make it easier for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to prosecute providers and their directors where there are clear failures to meet basic standards.

Care and support minister Norman Lamb said: "Whilst there must be a sharper focus on corporate accountability, more needs to be done to ensure those responsible for leading a care organisation are up to the job."

This comes after the CQC was forced to apologise publicly last month following the publication of a report into its poor oversight of the University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, including its slowness to identify and take action over slipping care standards.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801608798-ADNFCR

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