The number of inspections by the social care regul

first_imgThe number of inspections by the social care regulator that are cancelled or rescheduled every month has risen by more than 360 per cent in just one year, the watchdog’s own figures have revealed.The figures – revealed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following a freedom of information request by Disability News Service (DNS) – show that 25 inspections of adult social care services were cancelled in April 2015, but that this shot up to 103 in April 2016.The figures also show the number of inspections that had to be rescheduled rose from 25 in April 2015 to 130 in April 2016.The freedom of information request was originally submitted by DNS in an attempt to discover the impact of changes to CQC’s troubled Experts by Experience (EbE) programme, in which people with experience of using services accompany CQC inspectors on their inspection visits of health and care services.The EbE programme was hit by criticism after three of four new contracts to run the programme were awarded to Remploy, the formerly government-owned disability employment business which is now mostly owned by the scandal-hit US company Maximus.In February, DNS reported that the decision to hand the three contracts to Remploy/Maximus had led to confusion, chaos and a stream of resignations, with some Experts even being told to print their own ID badges.Experts had previously been paid more than £17 an hour to take part in CQC inspections, but many were furious when they discovered Remploy planned to cut their pay to just £8.25 per hour (or £9.40 in London), although CQC later agreed to subsidise these wages for existing Experts for the first six months of the Remploy contracts.The new figures released to DNS show that inspections that were cancelled or rescheduled as a result of “insufficient non-CQC resources” (which includes those where there problems with securing Experts to take part in inspections) rose from six in July 2015 (when CQC began to collect the figures) to 26 in April 2016, an increase of more than 330 per cent.One Expert said the figures were “embarrassing”, but he said they did not surprise him because he was currently having more inspections cancelled by Remploy than those that went ahead.He said: “The inspectors [I speak to] are all saying the same thing: there are not any Experts available. That is what they are being told by Remploy.“Quite a lot of this I suspect is because of Remploy’s chaotic handling of the contract.”He said he had real concerns about the impact of so many cancelled inspections on CQC’s ability to root out abuse and other poor practice in care homes, community-based social care services and home care agencies.He said he believed that the inspection programme was “woefully and dangerously underfunded”, while inspectors were “dropping like flies because they are way too over-worked”.A CQC spokesman refused to say whether the increase in cancellations and rescheduled inspections due to “insufficient non-CQC resources” was connected with the decision to hand the contracts to Remploy/Maximus and the subsequent reported chaos within the EbE programme.And he refused to say whether the overall cancellation and rescheduling figures were due to funding problems within the regulator.But he said it was “clear that the majority of our inspections are able to go ahead, as planned”.He said: “When we do have to make arrangements to reschedule planned inspections of adult social care services, there are many possible reasons behind this. “For example, in adult social care these include urgent inspections or enforcement activity being required elsewhere; changes to the provider’s service, such as closure or relocation; and changes needed due to sickness, annual leave and other personal circumstances.“When making these decisions, we always prioritise our activities according to where we have the greatest concerns as this is in the best interests of people who are receiving care.”But he refused to explain why the number of cancellations and rescheduled inspections had risen by more than 360 per cent in just one year.He added: “The Care Quality Commission continues to have formal meetings with suppliers of the new Experts by Experience services which began in February 2016 on a monthly basis and we will continue to closely monitor their progress in helping us deliver our programme, which will significantly expand the number of Experts by Experience that we involve on inspections.“Our commitment to inspect every adult social care service that was registered on or before 1 October 2014 at least once using our current regulatory approach by the end of March 2017 remains and we are on track to do so.”last_img read more

LUKE Walsh says last seasons heavy loss in Catala

first_imgLUKE Walsh says last season’s heavy loss in Catalan will be in the players’ minds when they face the Dragons on Saturday – but only to sharpen their minds on the task in hand.The scrum half is set to play his fifth game since returning from injury and knows Saints will have to play well to get the win.“It’s always difficult playing them over there – I remember last year we went over and got touched up,” he said. “We have to play really well to beat them.“I’ve played a fair bit of footy against the likes of Scott Dureau, Todd Carney and Willie Tonga and we will have to be on our game.“Willie was outstanding last week and Scottie is a smart player. Todd has the whole lot and if he plays our defence has to be spot on.”Saints’ record in Perpignan is pretty good.Before last season’s loss they’d won five straight in France – and they head into the clash on the back of three wins in their last four Super League matches.Luke continued: “We didn’t play our best against Widnes but got a good win. The performance against Wakefield was much better and we can take a fair bit of confidence from that.“We scored some great tries and it was good to have Mark Percival back in the side. Hopefully this week we can put another performance in.”Luke won the man of the match award for his display in the 44-4 win over Wakefield.He bagged a brace and had a hand in the majority of Saints’ other seven tries.“It’s great to be back; it’s been a long time and I’m enjoying it. I thought it would be hard for me to pick it back up but the boys have made it quite easy for me.“Keiron has helped too with easing me back into the side and starting against Widnes and then Wakefield really stepped up my game.“I know there is still more work to do.”last_img read more

Berlusconi says ready for EU vote after big fright of emergency surgery

first_imgFormer Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi leaves the San Raffaele hospital after undergoing bowel treatment, in Milan, Italy May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Daniele MascoloFormer Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi leaves the San Raffaele hospital after undergoing bowel treatment, in Milan, Italy May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Daniele Mascolo Four-time Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, 82, said on Monday he was ready to resume all electoral engagements after undergoing emergency surgery last week for a bowel obstruction that made him fear for his life.“I’m fine, I got a big fright. A number of things that happened made me worry I was at the end of my ride, but then I had a formidable recovery,” Berlusconi told reporters as he was discharged from Milan’s San Raffaele hospital.The media tycoon and leader of the conservative Forza Italia (Go Italy!) party was taken to hospital on April 30 and operated on the same day.Berlusconi, who was forced to step down as prime minister in 2011 at the height of the euro zone crisis, is running in this month’s European parliament election after the lifting of a ban that prevented him from holding office due to a tax fraud conviction. WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>center_img SharePrintlast_img read more