The Royal College of Nursing has welcomed a Health Select Committee report that shows the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is demonstrating tangible signs of improvement.
Dr Peter Carter, RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary, said it is significant that the CQC is now giving attention to the importance of staffing levels and highlighting the effects of inadequate staffing on patient care. The RCN has warned for some time that cuts to staffing levels are posing a direct risk to patient safety.
“The CQC can play a vital role in ensuring that organisations support staff in raising concerns without fear of retribution. We look forward to continuing our work with the CQC in this area to make sure staff are fully supported,” added Dr Carter.
The RCN has also welcomed the CQC’s recruitment of additional inspectors.