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Question for Department of Health

UIN 66961, tabled on 7 March 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Care Quality Commission is responsible for carrying out inspections on the standards of continence care in (a) hospitals, (b) residential homes and (c) nursing homes.

Answered on

15 March 2017

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and adult social care providers in England. All providers of regulated activities, including National Health Service and independent providers, have to register with the CQC and follow a set of fundamental standards of safety and quality below which care should never fall.

The CQC assess providers against the fundamental standards. The CQC has advised that the lack of adequate continence care could breach a number of the CQC fundamental standards; for example that people:

- must have care and treatment that is tailored to them and meets their needs and preferences;

- are treated with dignity and respect at all times whilst receiving care and treatment; and

- do not suffer any form of abuse or improper treatment, including neglect or degrading treatment, while receiving care.

The CQC considers continence as part of inspections wherever appropriate. If a specific concern over continence care was raised, the inspection would focus on this issue in greater detail.

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Department of Health and Social Care