The CQC does not want toys to be thrown out

Delicious statement from the CQC

– see twitter for context. More tomorrow hopefully on Inside Health.

‘Rumours that practices will have to throw out toys from their waiting rooms have no basis in fact. This and other rumours such as carpets and soft furnishings in waiting rooms will have to be removed due to infection issues control are absolutely false. These are matters that are not likely to cause the CQC any concern, or lead to non-compliance with the essential standards of quality and safety. The Commission is aware that some PCTs have been saying this to practices and would encourage any one who has encountered this behaviour pass that information on to the CQC who will advise the PCT their advice is wrong.’


3 Responses to “The CQC does not want toys to be thrown out”

  1. Katie Apex July 10, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    Is this like when newspapers reported that antibacterial gel would be banned from accident and emergency units for fear of being eaten by alcoholics? What is the point of these stories except riling people up for no reason?

    Katie – Apex Health + Social Care

  2. louise August 14, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    I have just visited my recently refurbished GP surgery. They have removed the (few) toys (which were all easily cleanable) and there are signs up on the wall saying that they have been taken away for reasons of infection control. Generously they do go on to say patients can bring their own toys in from home.
    Also gone are all paper reading materials and fabrics / soft surfaces, presumably also for infection control purposes. They now have a newly refurbished waiting area that looks like it should be on the local station platform (but has even more uncomfortable chairs and less atmosphere)

  3. Margaret McCartney
    margaretmccartney August 14, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

    that’s terrible, Louise – can you direct the practice manager over here??