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Factual accuracy update: CQC rows back from the imposition of a word limit on factual accuracy checks

Factual accuracy update: CQC rows back from the imposition of a word limit on factual accuracy checks

We recently reported that CQC were about to impose a severely restricted word limit on the factual accuracy process. For more background, please see my recent article in Healthcare Business.

The proposed word limit would have meant that providers would be forced to conduct “factual accuracy by Twitter”. Each proposed correction to a draft report would have to be made in 325 characters or less (which is approximately 50 words, just a bit longer than the average tweet).  This was clearly going to impose severe restrictions on providers’ ability to state their case, denying them appropriate access to justice.  

On 5 April 2019, CQC quietly posted a further revised version of the “Factual Accuracy Check” form on its website.  The new form, which can be found here appears to do away with their previous plans to impose a 325-character limit on factual accuracy arguments.

To find out what this means for care providers, read our full update by clicking here.

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