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Royal Comission on Long-Term Care
The National Care Standards Commission
was established in England under the Care Standards Act 2000,
in response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission
on Long Term Care in 1999.
In April 2004, this body was replaced by two
organisations, the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI)
and the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection (CHAI).
On 1 April 2009, these two bodies were replaced
by the Care Quality Commission (CQC - www.cqc.org.uk).
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is a new independent body
which from 1 April 2009 became exclusively responsible for
the inspection, monitoring and regulation of health and social
care in England.
National Minimum Standards will be replaced
with Compliance Guideline Criteria by 2010.
CQC will have a wide range of enforcement powers
including warning letters, temporary suspension and fines.
The ultimate remit is to drive up quality of health and social
In Scotland the role of the CQC is fulfilled
by the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Social Care
and in Wales by the Care Standards Inspectorate for Wales
In Northern Ireland, the role is carried out by the Regulation
and Quality Improvement Authority (www.rqia.org.uk).
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