CQC head David Behan: ‘Care has got safer and quality has got better’ | Denis Campbell The outgoing chief executive of the health and care regulator defends its tougher regime under his watch
“One of my jobs when I came in was to restore political, professional and public confidence in the Care Quality Commission, says David Behan, chief executive of the CQC. “It was shot when I took over and there’s no point in contending that it was anything else”.
Behan is reflecting on the challenge he faced when he took over at the helm of the regulator of health and social care in England in 2012. He succeeded Cynthia Bower, who was forced to resign amid a scandal over the CQC’s failure to uncover the appalling treatment of people with learning disabilities at Winterbourne View hospital in Bristol and a subsequent Department of Health inquiry. Continue reading... The Guardian