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Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 23461, tabled on 2 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the remit of Care Quality Commission inspections of (a) General Practitioners, (b) hospitals, (c) care homes and (d) dentists will be amended to include covid-19 preparedness.

Answered on

10 March 2020

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) already assesses an organisation’s preparedness for fluctuations in demand or disruption to staffing or facilities due to seasonal or other expected or unexpected events, and whether they have in place processes for the prevention and control of infection. The CQC is also placing additional focus on preparedness for COVID-19 as part of their assessments both in health and social care services.