The DH has published the new fundamental standards for consultation. All health and adult social care providers registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will have to meet the fundamental standards. These are the basic requirements that providers should always meet and the standard of care and service that patients or care service users should expect. They will be legal requirements – CQC will be able to take enforcement action, including prosecution where appropriate, when they find breaches.This consultation:
- sets out the aims for the fundamental standards
- sets out the DH responses to CQC’s previous consultation on the principles behind fundamental standards
- includes a draft of the regulations that will introduce the fundamental standards
- asks whether the draft regulations meet those aims
- asks about the impact of the new regulations on providers
Amongst the requirements the DH has set are that the fundamental standards are outcome focused and reduce the burden on business. The consultation also includes a Standards Matrix (Annex D) which maps the standards against CQC’s ‘A New Start’, the Francis Report and ‘Patients First and Foremost’.
NCF are preparing a response to the consultation but would wish to highlight that because of the Parliamentary process only 10 weeks is allowed and the deadline for responding to these important proposals is 4 April 2014.