Social care sector urges Government to order regulator to downgrade quality rating of inpatient units following Whorlton Hall abuse scandal
Over 40 social care sector charities call on the Joint Committee on Human Rights to question the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in parliament about the regulation of private hospitals (assessment and treatment units).
In an open letter to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matthew Hancock MP, charities including the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG), Disability Rights and Sense demand the Government penalises inpatient units that fail to discharge people after a year. This call to action follows the BBC’s Panorama programme detailing the long-term abuse of patients with autism and learning disabilities at Whorlton Hall in County Durham.
The signatories are calling on the government to instruct regulator, the Care Quality Commission, to give a ‘requires improvement’ rating to any secure unit where people have been living for more than 12 months. They state that the rating should be downgraded to ‘inadequate’ if anyone has been living there for 24 months, and all new admissions halted until the rating has improved. The organisations behind the open letter believe this will discourage new admissions and prompt earlier discharge.
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