The CQC have pulled together evidence from inspections since the start of regulation under the Health & Social Care Act 2008, to 31 March 2012. This report will now be published quarterly to track performance of health and social care providers. The report looks at compliance in the following sectors:

  • NHS services – achieved 77 per cent compliance
  • Adult social care providers – achieved 72 per cent compliance
  • Independent healthcare – achieved 82 per cent compliance
  • Dental care – achieved 88 per cent compliance
  • Independent ambulance services (too few yet inspected to provide a percentage)  

These are interesting, and some may say disappointing, figures as inspection is against “essential standards” and not standards that should be aspired to. It also seems that the private sector is better at achieving than the NHS. Adult social care must be the most disappointing statistic but is not surprising based on the CQC’s previous reports relating to elderly care.

The CQC’s market report will be interesting to track in the future