The health watchdog has lost the confidence of the public after missing some of the worst scandals in hospitals and care homes, according to MPs.
The Care Quality Commission is not carrying out enough adequate inspections to ensure patients are not at risk, they said.
In a scathing report, MPs from the health select committee warn that ‘patients, relatives and the public do not have confidence in the CQC’s standards or the outcomes of its inspections’.
The watchdog had declared that the maternity unit at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay trust in Cumbria, where up to seven babies died, was providing ‘safe’ and ‘high-quality’ care.
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