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Health and Social Care Bill
Part 1 — The Care Quality Commission
Chapter 2 — Registration in respect of provision of health or social care

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is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding

£50,000.

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Offences relating to suspension or cancellation of registration

(1)   

If a person (“S”) who is registered under this Chapter as a service provider in

respect of a regulated activity carries on that activity while S’s registration is

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suspended, S is guilty of an offence.

(2)   

A person (“M”) whose registration under this Chapter as a manager in respect

of a regulated activity is suspended is guilty of an offence if, during the period

of suspension, M manages that activity at a time when no one else has been

registered under this Chapter as a manager in respect of the activity since the

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suspension of M’s registration.

(3)   

A person (“M”) whose registration under this Chapter as a manager in respect

of a regulated activity has been cancelled is guilty of an offence if M manages

that activity at a time when—

(a)   

a person (“S”) remains registered under this Chapter as a service

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provider in respect of the activity,

(b)   

S’s registration remains subject to a registered manager condition, and

(c)   

no-one has been registered under this Chapter as a manager in respect

of the activity since the cancellation of M’s registration.

(4)   

If a person (“M”) who is registered under this Chapter as a manager in respect

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of a regulated activity manages that activity while the registration of the person

registered under this Chapter as a service provider in respect of the activity is

suspended, M is guilty of an offence if M knows or could reasonably be

expected to know of the suspension.

(5)   

A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary

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conviction to a fine not exceeding £50,000.

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Contravention of regulations

Regulations under this Chapter may provide that a contravention of or failure

to comply with any specified provision of the regulations is to be an offence,

but may not provide for an offence to be triable on indictment or to be

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punishable with imprisonment or with a fine exceeding—

(a)   

in the case of regulations under section 20 (regulation of regulated

activities), £50,000, or

(b)   

in any other case, level 4 on the standard scale.

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False description of concerns, premises etc.

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(1)   

Any person who, with intent to deceive any person—

(a)   

applies any name to any concern carried on in England or to any

premises in England, or

(b)   

in any way describes such a concern or such premises or holds such a

concern or such premises out,

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so as to indicate, or reasonably be understood to indicate, that the carrying on

of the concern is a regulated activity or that the premises are used for the

carrying on of a regulated activity is guilty of an offence unless the conditions

in subsection (2) are met.

 
 

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(2)   

Those conditions are—

(a)   

that a person is registered under this Chapter as a service provider in

respect of the regulated activity in question, and

(b)   

that the registration has not been suspended.

(3)   

Any person who, with intent to deceive any person, in any way describes or

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holds out any person registered under this Chapter as a service provider in

respect of a regulated activity as able to provide a service or do any thing the

provision or doing of which would contravene a condition for the time being

in force by virtue of this Chapter in relation to the regulated activity is guilty

of an offence.

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(4)   

A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1) or (3) is liable on summary

conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

(5)   

In this section “concern” includes any organisation.

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False statements in applications

(1)   

Subsection (2) applies to any application under this Chapter by a person

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(“A”)—

(a)   

for registration,

(b)   

for the variation or removal of any condition in force in relation to A’s

registration,

(c)   

for the variation or cancellation of any suspension of A’s registration, or

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(d)   

for the cancellation of A’s registration.

(2)   

If, in an application to which this subsection applies, A knowingly makes a

statement which is false or misleading in a material respect, A is guilty of an

offence.

(3)   

A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary

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conviction to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale.

Information to be available to public

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Provision of copies of registers

(1)   

Subject to subsection (3), the Commission must secure that copies of any

register kept for the purposes of this Chapter are available at its offices for

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inspection at all reasonable times by any person.

(2)   

Subject to subsections (3) and (4), any person who asks the Commission for a

copy of, or an extract from, a register kept for the purposes of this Chapter is

entitled to have one.

(3)   

Regulations may provide that subsections (1) and (2) do not apply—

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(a)   

in such circumstances as may be prescribed, or

(b)   

to such parts of a register as may be prescribed.

(4)   

A fee determined by the Commission is payable for the copy or extract

except—

(a)   

in prescribed circumstances, or

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(b)   

in any case where the Commission considers it appropriate to provide

the copy or extract free of charge.

 
 

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Miscellaneous

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Bodies required to be notified of certain matters

(1)   

Where the Commission gives a notice to which this section applies in respect

of a regulated activity, it must give a copy of the notice—

(a)   

to such Primary Care Trust or English local authority as may be

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determined in accordance with regulations,

(b)   

where the person registered as a service provider in respect of the

activity is a Primary Care Trust or National Health Service trust, to such

Strategic Health Authority as may be so determined,

(c)   

where the person registered as a service provider in respect of the

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activity is an NHS foundation trust, to the Independent Regulator of

NHS Foundation Trusts, and

(d)   

to such other persons as the Commission considers appropriate.

(2)   

This section applies to the following notices—

(a)   

a notice under section 26 (notice of proposals),

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(b)   

a notice under subsection (1) or (3) of section 28 (notice of decisions),

(c)   

a warning notice under section 29 (warning notice), and

(d)   

a notice under section 31 (urgent procedure for suspension, variation

etc.).

(3)   

The Commission must notify each of the persons mentioned in subsection

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(1)(a) to (d) of either of the following events in relation to a person registered

under this Chapter—

(a)   

the payment of a penalty in accordance with a penalty notice issued

under section 86, or

(b)   

the commencement of proceedings in respect of a Part 1 offence.

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(4)   

Regulations may prescribe cases in which subsection (1) or (3) does not apply.

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Periodic returns

(1)   

Regulations may require the person carrying on a regulated activity to make a

return to the Commission at such intervals as may be prescribed.

(2)   

Provision may be made by the regulations as to the contents of the return and

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the period in respect of which and date by which it is to be made.

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Liquidators etc.

(1)   

Regulations may—

(a)   

require any person to whom this section applies to give notice of the

person’s appointment to the Commission;

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(b)   

require any person to whom this section applies to appoint a person to

manage the regulated activity in question.

(2)   

This section applies to any person appointed as—

(a)   

a receiver or manager of the property of a relevant company,

(b)   

the liquidator or provisional liquidator of a relevant company, or

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(c)   

the trustee in bankruptcy of a relevant individual.

(3)   

In this section—

 
 

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“company” includes a partnership;

“relevant company” means a company which is registered under this

Chapter as a service provider in respect of a regulated activity;

“relevant individual” means an individual who is registered under this

Chapter as a service provider in respect of a regulated activity.

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Death of registered person

(1)   

Regulations may—

(a)   

provide for the provisions of this Chapter to apply with prescribed

modifications in cases where a person who was the only person

registered under this Chapter as a service provider in respect of a

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regulated activity has died;

(b)   

require the personal representatives of a deceased person who was

registered as a service provider in respect of a regulated activity to

notify the Commission of the person’s death.

(2)   

Regulations under subsection (1)(a) may in particular—

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(a)   

provide for the regulated activity to be carried on for a prescribed

period by a person who is not registered in respect of it, and

(b)   

include provision for the prescribed period to be extended by such

further period as the Commission may allow.

Power to modify provisions of Chapter

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Power to modify Chapter in relation to newly regulated activities

(1)   

Regulations may modify the provisions of this Chapter in their application to

any newly regulated activity of a prescribed description.

(2)   

A “newly regulated activity” is any regulated activity other than one which—

(a)   

consists of or includes the carrying on of a relevant concern,

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(b)   

under the 2000 Act as it has effect immediately before commencement,

is regulated under Part 2 of that Act by virtue of regulations under

section 42 of that Act (power to extend application of that Part), or

(c)   

consists of the provision of health care by a National Health Service

body, as defined by section 121 of that Act.

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(3)   

For this purpose a “relevant concern” is anything which, under the 2000 Act as

it has effect immediately before commencement, would for the purposes of

that Act be—

(a)   

an independent hospital,

(b)   

an independent clinic,

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(c)   

an independent medical agency,

(d)   

a care home,

(e)   

a domiciliary care agency, or

(f)   

a nurses agency.

(4)   

Any regulated activity carried on by or on behalf of the Crown is for this

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purpose a newly regulated activity.

(5)   

In this section—

“the 2000 Act” means the Care Standards Act 2000 (c. 14);

 
 

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“commencement” means the commencement of section 10 of this Act.

Interpretation

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Interpretation of Chapter 2

In this Chapter—

“health care associated infection” is to be read in accordance with section

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20(6) and (7);

“registered manager condition” is to be read in accordance with section

13(3).

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Quality of health and social care

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Health care standards

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Standards set by Secretary of State

(1)   

The Secretary of State may prepare and publish statements of standards in

relation to the provision of NHS care.

(2)   

The Secretary of State must keep the standards under review and may publish

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amended statements whenever the Secretary of State considers it appropriate.

(3)   

The Secretary of State may direct a person—

(a)   

to prepare a draft statement of standards for the purposes of subsection

(1), submit it to the Secretary of State for approval and publish it in the

form approved or modified by the Secretary of State;

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(b)   

to keep standards under review for the purposes of subsection (2) and,

whenever the person considers it appropriate, submit a draft amended

statement to the Secretary of State for approval and publish it in the

form approved or modified by the Secretary of State.

(4)   

The Secretary of State must consult such persons as the Secretary of State

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considers appropriate—

(a)   

before publishing a statement under subsection (1) or approving a

statement under subsection (3)(a);

(b)   

before publishing under subsection (2), or approving under subsection

(3)(b), any amended statement which in the opinion of the Secretary of

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State effects a substantial change in the standards.

Reviews and investigations

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Periodic reviews

(1)   

In respect of each Primary Care Trust the Commission must—

(a)   

conduct reviews of the provision of health care provided or

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commissioned by the Trust,

(b)   

assess the Trust’s performance following each such review, and

(c)   

publish a report of its assessment.

 
 

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(2)   

In respect of each English NHS provider the Commission must—

(a)   

conduct reviews of the provision of health care by the provider,

(b)   

assess the provider’s performance following each such review, and

(c)   

publish a report of its assessment.

(3)   

In respect of each English local authority the Commission must—

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(a)   

conduct reviews of the provision of adult social services provided or

commissioned by the authority,

(b)   

assess the authority’s performance following each such review, and

(c)   

publish a report of its assessment.

(4)   

The assessment of a body’s performance is to be by reference to such indicators

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of quality as the Secretary of State may devise or approve.

(5)   

The Secretary of State may direct the Commission to devise indicators for the

purposes of subsection (4) and submit them to the Secretary of State for

approval.

(6)   

The Commission must—

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(a)   

prepare a statement describing the method that it proposes to use in

assessing and evaluating a body’s performance under this section, and

(b)   

submit the statement to the Secretary of State for approval.

(7)   

Different indicators may be devised or approved, and different methods may

be described, for different cases.

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(8)   

The Commission must publish—

(a)   

the indicators devised or approved from time to time by the Secretary

of State, and

(b)   

the method statement approved from time to time by the Secretary of

State.

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(9)   

The Secretary of State may, after consulting the Commission, by regulations

make provision as to the procedure to be followed in respect of the making of

representations to the Commission before the publication of a report under this

section.

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Frequency and period of review

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(1)   

The Commission must—

(a)   

prepare a document setting out the frequency with which reviews

under section 46 are to be conducted and the period to which they are

to relate, and

(b)   

submit the document to the Secretary of State for approval.

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(2)   

The document may make different provision for different cases.

(3)   

The Commission may revise the document from time to time with the approval

of the Secretary of State.

(4)   

The Commission must publish the document as approved by the Secretary of

State and as revised from time to time.

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