Integrated care systems to be CQC-rated

The Care Quality Commission  will rate the integrated care systems, according to Matt Hancock. Although, the government’s white paper for a new NHS bill did not discuss any change in the CQC’s legal framework to allow it to rate ICSs, which sparked uncertainty around how ICSs would be regulated.

Speaking in the House of Commons of the “crucial” role the regulator plays in rating hospitals, Mr Hancock said: “I think that it is vital that the CQC has a similar role when it comes to ICSs.”

The CQC has not confirmed what, if any, legal changes it is seeking. Currently, if the regulator wants to inspect how well a system is working, it must ask permission from the secretary of state to do so.

Full story in The HSJ, 2 March 2021