Coronavirus: CQC, care workers’ Safeguarding concerns and COVID-19 deaths of vulnerable people receiving domiciliary care services

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Petition to replace weak UK whistleblowing law to protect whistleblowers and the public

By Dr Minh Alexander NHS whistleblower and former consultant psychiatrist 25 August 2020

The CQC has shamed itself deeply once more in its failure to raise the alarm quickly enough on COVID-19 deaths of highly vulnerable people in residential care or who receive care in their own homes from domiciliary care services.

CQC is by law notified of the deaths of all users receiving care from regulated providers:

CQC Regulation 16: Notification of death of service user

CQC should have proactively anticipated the risks posed by the pandemic to vulnerable people and raised the alarm about any failures to protect them from COVID-19.

CQC certainly received a much elevated number of Safeguarding concerns from care workers during the pandemic  (2,043 Safeguarding referrals by care workers to the CQC 1 March -21 May 2020…

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