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CQC fines Merseyside care home provider £4,000 for failure to meet National Standards

Published:
22 January 2015
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  • Media

A care provider which had failed repeatedly to comply with national standards, relating to the assessment and monitoring of the quality of service they provided, has been issued with a fine totalling £4,000 by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

CQC has issued a fixed penalty notice to Mr Abid Y Chudary and Mrs Chand Khurshid Latif following a series of inspections at Speke Care Home (Residential) in Speke, Liverpool.

An inspection in March 2014 identified concerns regarding the processes in place to regularly monitor and assess the quality of care people living at the home received.

A warning notice was served to the provider on 31 March 2014 requiring them to address the issues as a matter of urgency. However, when inspectors returned on 25 July 2014, the necessary improvements had not been made. In light of this continued failure to meet the legally required national standards, CQC has issued a fixed penalty notice of £4000, which the provider has accepted and paid.

CQC has since re-inspected and continue to have concerns. Should the required improvements not be made CQC has a range of enforcement powers which include restricting the services that a provider can offer, or, in the most serious cases, suspending or cancelling a service.

The reports from CQC’s inspections in March and July 2014 have been published on the CQC website at: www.cqc.org.uk/location/1-189244083.

Debbie Westhead, CQC’s Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care in the North said:

“It is the provider’s legal duty to ensure that they have appropriate arrangements in place to monitor service quality and in order to assess and manage risks relating to the health and welfare of people receiving care.

“We inspected Speke Care Home in March and found concerns about quality monitoring. The views of people living at the home were not regularly sought, complaints and comments were not suitably addressed and incidents were not analysed in order to identify errors and employ measures to prevent reoccurrence.

“It was unacceptable that on our subsequent visit we found that action had not been taken to address the issues we identified.

“The decision to fine this provider sends a clear message that we will not tolerate poor care and will act when concerns are identified to ensure the safety of people who use care services.

“We are monitoring Speke Care Home Home(Residential) closely to check on their progress and if the required improvements have not been met we will consider the use of further enforcement action.”

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For further information please contact the CQC press office can be contacted on 0207 448 9401 or out of hours on 07789 876508.

Last updated:
30 May 2017

Notes to editors

 

You can find reports on this provider at: www.cqc.org.uk/location/1-189244083

 

CQC has issued a fixed penalty notices to Mr Abid Y Chudary and Mrs Chand Khurshid Latif, for their failure to meet:

  • Regulation 10 Health and Social Care Act (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010, Assessing and Monitoring the Quality of Service Provision.

Under the Health and Social Care Act 2008, CQC can serve a penalty notice when a registered person has failed to comply with the Act, and we consider that swiftly achieving compliance without beginning proceedings is a realistic alternative to prosecution.

 

Any fixed penalty paid to CQC must be repaid by CQC to the Secretary of State. The legal requirements and associated fines are set out in:

 

www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/media/documents/20120321_final_enforcement_policy_for_publication.pdf

 

CQC has a range of enforcement powers which include restricting the services that a provider can offer, or, in the most serious cases, suspending or cancelling a service. CQC can also issue financial penalty notices and cautions or prosecute the provider for failing to meet essential standards. Any regulatory decision that CQC takes is open to challenge by a registered person through a variety of internal and external appeal processes.

 

About the Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England.


We make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and we encourage care services to improve.


We monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and we publish what we find to help people choose care.