Concerns over Care Quality Commission

Baroness Thornton has criticised the Care Quality Commission (CQC) over the treatment of patients at the Winterbourne View facility.

Speaking to The World Tonight, the Labour Shadow Health Minister stated that the organisation needs to take a look at itself, as it is not doing the job it is supposed to be.

"The government also needs to not give them any more jobs to do because there have been suggestions with the new Health Bill that the Care Quality Commission would get new regulatory functions," said Baroness Thornton.

She added that there is an issue regarding the regulation of healthcare workers, as they are not inspected and do not have to adhere to the same system as nurses.

But the Labour Shadow Health Minister stated that she does not believe the Chair of the Care Quality Commission, Dame Jo Williams, should resign over the incident.

Panorama's Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed programme, broadcast last week on the BBC, showed a number of patients at Winterbourne View being held down during treatment, which led to four members of staff being arrested. 

Following the Winterbourne View incident, Dr Theresa Joyce, Chair of the British Psychological Society's Division of Clinical Psychology Faculty for Learning Disabilities, said that institutional care is not the answer for people with learning difficulties.