It seems that the yesterday’s arrest of a 43 years old woman will serve a bit relief to CQC and will give the authority a single chance to prove all the accusations of failing to protect vulnerable patients over the entire department wrong.
Yes, the local police yesterday morning arrested a former care home inspector suspecting officer’s involvement in bribery and money laundering efforts in exchange for providing the other party with good reports.
Reports from the City of London police are confirming that the woman official for Care Quality Commission (CQC) was illegally pressurizing homes owner to pay fee for getting favorable inspection reports. CQC upon knowing the issue immediately sacked the woman official for her gross misconduct in the department and with her services.
The above arrest was made after CQC informed the police about the issue. The facts came out when an investigation prompted by a whistleblower revealed that the department’s impartiality of regulatory judgments has been seriously compromised with and must be immediately looked into.
The arrested CQC former officer has been taken to the local police station in Northamptonshire for questioning. She was arrested from her home in the county. Officers from City of London Police, which leads economic crime investigations, are performing the questioning procedure.
Regarding the situation, Ms. 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”.
The CQC’s action following zero tolerance policy for fraudulent or dishonest behavior has earned the department its lost pride and faith once again.