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New fitness test for health and social care leaders


The government is introducing new check across the health and care sector to make sure directors who are unfit for their roles are removed.

The Department of Health is consulting on a new legal duty that means health and social care organisations registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will have to ensure that directors (or equivalent) meet the fit and proper person test. The CQC will be able to check new appointments and intervene to require the removal of directors from posts if they are not up to the job.
Norman Lamb, Care and Support Minister said:
"Scandals like Winterbourne View and Mid-Staffs damaged confidence in our health and care system. We are committed to rebuilding that trust and making sure that people at all levels are held to account for failings when they occur.
"This test will allow us to make sure that those leading health and care organisations are up to the job - and to remove those who are not, including those who have presided over poor care."
The consultation runs until 25 April 2014.

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