Healthcare briefing – CQC prosecutions: Case reports
Although the CQC has had prosecution powers since the enactment of the Health and Social Care Act 2008, prosecution cases have only recently been reported. It would seem that the CQC is now utilising this power more than previously.
Recent reported cases include:
- St Anne’s Community Services based in Leeds, pleaded guilty to an offence of failing to provide safe care and treatment resulting in avoidable harm to a service user. Two care workers had gone to assist a service user to the shower. The shower chair fell forward whilst he was strapped in loosely. It was alleged that the provider had failed to adequately control the risk of serious injury and the accident was avoidable. The provider was fined £190,000.
- Manor House Residential Home in Morden was prosecuted by the CQC when a 79 year old resident fell against an uncovered radiator and received serious burns. The provider was ordered to pay £24,600 in fines and costs.
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