The job of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is to check whether hospitals, care homes and care services are meeting Government standards by making unannounced inspections and producing written reports on what they find. The subsequent reports are available for inspection by members of the public as well as Government departments
A former CQC inspector has recently been arrested on suspicion of bribery and money laundering over allegations that she pressurised homes which she was inspecting into giving money in exchange for favourable reports.
The CQC had already sacked the inspector following an internal investigation and went on to inform police. Police arrested the woman from Northamtponshire yesterday morning.
The CQC said it had a “zero tolerance policy” towards fraudulent or dishonest behaviour and that it expected “extremely high standards” from its inspectors.
Louise Guss, Director of Governance and Legal Services at the CQC, said: “This inspector has failed the organisation, failed the providers who rely on us to act fairly and impartially, and – most importantly – failed in their responsibility to protect people who use services through identification of poor care.
“Unfortunately, in any large workforce there is a risk that a tiny minority may act in a way that betrays the principles of their colleagues and of the organisation as a whole, which is what has happened here.
“Having investigated allegations made to us about this inspector and found these were substantiated, we terminated their employment with immediate effect and referred the matter to the police.”
City of London Police have said that they will be working closely with the CQC to thoroughly investigate the allegations.