Imelda Richardson, Chief Inspector of Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales, said:
We welcome the First Minister’s Statement made in plenary today and believe that the provisions of the Regulation and Inspection (Wales) Bill will address many of the issues identified in the review, particularly in relation to provider accountability and strengthening our enforcement powers.
In relation to recommendation two, we have met with Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) and will take forward the arrangements for receiving notifications of deep pressure ulcers.
In relation to recommendations 10 and 11, we are actively seeking to become a signatory to the UK ‘Work Related Death Protocol’ as a means of improving co-ordination of criminal investigations. We have also proposed, with the Health and Safety Executive to host an event to consider the lessons learned from the review.
We fully recognise the profound and distressing effect of poor care on both those who are looked after and their relatives. In Search of Accountability identifies this and we have taken forward our commitments including involving people in regional panels to ensure they remain at the heart of our work. Successful panel members will be announced shortly.