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Barbara Young to quit Care Quality Commission

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Baroness Barbara Young is quitting her position as Care Quality Commission chair, Nursing Times has learned.

Baroness Young has told health secretary Andy Burnham she is leaving her post, at a date yet to be confirmed.

Last week the commission came under fire following reports of poor standards at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust and the publication of Dr Foster’s Hospital Guide, which revealed the mortality rate at every trust in the country.

HSJ understands Baroness Young was criticised by the Department of Health for the way the scandal was handled, which resulted in a damning CQC inspection report containing details about poor hygiene and care at Basildon and Thurrock being leaked to the media.

However, CQC sources are indicating that is not the reason for her departure.

NHS insiders have previously raised doubts over whether the former Labour peer, who later moved to the cross benches, would stay in post under a Conservative government, should Labour lose the general election.

Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley has been vocal in his criticism of the CQC.

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  • It is refreshing to see CQC held accountable for their own systems and structures. The service delivered by CQC is so variable that consistent standards are impossible in the health and social care and support field. We all know of "homes" where elders are warehoused and never feel the wind on their faces and yet the service is rated "good" or better because it ticks boxes. We also know of services that empower and support people but who are under-rated because an individual inspector holds views that do not chime with the provider. Or perhaps the accommodation is a little shabby but the people living there have chosen that environment - no matter, for CQC it is a box less ticked. Some inspectors are fabulous, and work in partnership with providers and people using their services to improve and enhance peoples lives. Most don't. The anger felt about the CQC reports and its failures is justified - but would be less if the organisation itself wasn't so arrogant and inconsistent.

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  • What do you expect? Why be surprised regarding the only intermittent "accountability" of the CQC?

    The NHS is run by the government and is paid for by the taxpayer.
    CQC is run by the government and is paid for by the taxpayer.

    No one will convince me otherwise.

    Why? Because while the taxpayer is picking up the bill for healthcare in the UK, there will always be political interference with a body such as the CQC or Monitor. Lady Young resigned at least in part because the Secretary of State and his team could not butt out - and their "get out of jail free" card is the fact that because CQC is paid for by public money, public accountability equals government meddling.

    Keep the NHS paid for by public funds - we'd be collectively mad not to or we would be as bankrput as all Americans are from having to pay for making their own healthcare arrangements - but you need a different model for the system for checking what the NHS does, which needs to be separate from the government and from the NHS.

    In the USA they use JCI and Australia ACHS to maintain hospital standards.
    In the UK there are groups such as CHKS and QHA Trent that are similar to JCI and ACHS.
    Why not look at that way of doing things? It makes no sense not to at least look.

    Also, don't forget that the private healthcare systme needs to be properly checked out too. Is CQC up to doing that properly too?

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