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CQC needs 'credible leadership'

According to a report by the House of Commons' Public Accounts Committee, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) - the regulator for health and adult social care in England - has failed to perform its role effectively and should not be allowed to take on new responsibilities until it has improved.

Kay Sheldon, CQC board member, told the Today programme's Justin Webb that while an "effective regulator" is crucial for those who use health and social care services, she admitted that "we have still got serious problems that need to be sorted out."

She said that getting a new chief executive would be "a breath of fresh air".

"The job can be made do-able," she said, but it needs "strong, credible, independent leadership to take us forward."

She went on to say that "more money would help" but added that the regulator needs people at the top who know "how to lead, set a coherent strategy, develop a business plan, and develop and inspire the workforce."

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