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Mental Health Services: Private Sector

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 292321, tabled on 30 September 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to (a) improve standards and (b) ensure patient safety in privately-run mental health units.

Answered on

3 October 2019

Everybody has the right to receive safe, high-quality care. If care has fallen short of this, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) can use its powers to take action against those responsible.

The CQC has a key responsibility in the overall assurance of safety and quality of health and adult social care services in England and has commissioned two independent reviews to look at what it could have done differently or better in terms of its regulation and inspection of Whorlton Hall and other services of this kind.

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Department of Health and Social Care
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