“Pannone Corporate has published its inaugural Care Report, following a recent Freedom of Information request to the Care Quality Commission (‘CQC’). The purpose of the request was to understand the CQC’s use of its enforcement powers to date, and to identify if there were any developing trends.

In summary, whilst the CQC is taking an increasing amount of enforcement action, its preference to date is to use civil, as opposed to criminal, sanctions. That being said, the CQC’s Chief Executive has recently indicated that the organisation is preparing to potentially initiate more prosecutions in the future, with a decision on enforcement pending in around 220 investigations.

In light of this indication it is imperative for care providers to ensure that health and safety is treated as a business priority, and to seek early and expert legal advice should they be investigated by the CQC.”