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CQC failings laid bare by report

A damning review of the work of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) underlines the way the organisation has failed dentists across England, the British Dental Association (BDA) has said.

The report, published today by the House of Commons Health Select Committee, criticises the distortion of CQC’s priorities by a statutory deadline to register dentists and brands as “astonishing” that it could ever have been considered sensible for small dental practices to be subjected to the same processes as large hospitals. Mirroring concerns expressed by the BDA in its evidence to the review, the report argues CQC must accept responsibility for its poor handling of registration. It also says that the balance between compliance and registration activity will remain an issue for CQC and challenges the agency to demonstrate it is prioritising the former in order to maintain the confidence in it.

The House of Commons Health Select Committee Report is available at: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201012/cmselect/cmhealth/1430/1430.pdf.

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