"We respect the CQC’s decision and know it is one made in the best interests of the people who use and work in social care services."
Responding to the Care Quality Commission’s decision to cease routine inspections due to the coronavirus outbreak, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
“We respect the CQC’s decision and know it is one made in the best interests of the people who use and work in social care services.
“Care providers continue to face serious pressures as they seek to cope with coronavirus. Therefore any moves to alleviate their non-essential workload is positive.
“However, this decision needs to be set against the vital need to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people using care services.
“It is therefore absolutely right that the CQC intends to maintain a degree of oversight and act in cases of real or imminent risk of harm.
“Local government will continue to work closely with the CQC during this period to ensure any such risks are managed effectively and in a timely way.”