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CQC guilty of maladministration in £200k fit and proper person case

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has been found guilty of maladministration over its handling of a fit and proper person test complaint which led to a £200,000 investigation by an NHS trust. A Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) investigation identified “several instances of maladministration” in the CQC’s handling of a complaint by former consultant paediatrician David Drew. 

Ombudsman Rob Behrens has now written to the Health Secretary, NHS England, Chair of the Commons Health Committee Sarah Wollaston, and Chair of the Parliamentary and Constitutional Affairs Committee Bernard Jenkin with a copy of the PHSO investigation. In his letter. Mr Behrens said: “I believe this case exemplifies the damaging impact that poor handling of allegations can have on people’s faith in the ability of the CQC to identify and act on misconduct when whistleblowers come forward. This underlines the need for reform to the [fit and proper person] system and the recommendations from the Kark review to be swiftly implemented.”

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Source: HSJ, 24 July 2019

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