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The Patients Association responds to breaking news that the Government is providing additional funds to extend CQC role to oversee care funding

Katherine Murphy, Chief Executive of The Patients Association, said: “Last week’s emerging reports of additional money for social care and a new role for the Care Quality Commission are promising, but may not be enough.

“The Government can’t regulate its way out of a care crisis. The only solution will be a sustained reversal of the deep cuts to social care we have seen over recent years.

“That said, giving the CQC a role in overseeing how local authorities exercise their commissioning responsibilities could be positive. We know that local authorities have been largely unable to implement the Care Act fully since it came into force, and have to balance social care against their other responsibilities.

“However, talk of ‘short-term stabilisation money’ in next month’s Budget is concerning. The care sector is not merely unstable – it is in crisis, and proper funding is the only possible solution. We will be watching the Chancellor’s Budget closely, and hope to hear a positive announcement securing the future of social care for people who need it throughout England.”

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HSJ Exclusive: Budget set to extend CQC role to oversee care funding

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