Home inspector in bribery arrest
Published: 26th Apr 2012 18:07:21
A former care home inspector has been arrested over allegations that she pressured homes into giving money in exchange for "favourable" reports.
The woman, who used to work for the Care Quality Commission (CQC), was arrested on suspicion of bribery and money laundering.
The CQC said it sacked her after an investigation and had informed the police.
It said the woman had failed the organisation and people in care.
The unnamed 43-year-old was arrested on Thursday morning at her home in Northamptonshire.
City of London Police said care homes were "pressurised into paying fees for favourable inspection report".
Detective Inspector James Clancey said: "We are working closely with CQC to thoroughly investigate these allegations."
The CQC said it had a "zero tolerance policy" towards fraudulent or dishonest behaviour and that it expected "extremely high standards" from its inspectors.
Louise Guss, director of governance and legal services at the CQC, said: "This inspector has failed the organisation, failed the providers who rely on us to act fairly and impartially, and - most importantly - failed in their responsibility to protect people who use services through identification of poor care.
"Unfortunately, in any large workforce there is a risk that a tiny minority may act in a way that betrays the principles of their colleagues and of the organisation as a whole, which is what has happened here.
"Having investigated allegations made to us about this inspector and found these were substantiated, we terminated their employment with immediate effect and referred the matter to the police."
At 22:00:20 in PoliticsThe zero-hours contract - alongside the payday loan and the bad bank - has gained a kind of totemic significance in the public imagination.
At 22:00:03 in ScotlandScottish independence would leave working people north and south of the border worse off, Ed Miliband has claimed.
At 21:50:40 in BusinessInternet retailer Amazon reported a 32% jump in profits to $108m (£64m) in the first quarter of 2014.
At 21:48:30 in EnglandPolice have carried out a series of raids in east London, following a BBC London investigation into shops willing to deal in stolen smartphones.
At 21:47:39 in BusinessMicrosoft reported net profit of $5.66bn (£3.37bn) in the first quarter, a decline from the same period last year but better than market estimates.
At 21:45:57 in SportGreat Britain beat the Netherlands 4-3 in their latest World Championship Division 1 Group B outing in Vilnius.
At 21:34:40 in SportThe Scottish Professional Football League will look into allegations that a Kilmarnock player's signature was forged on a contract.
At 21:11:26 in EnglandA farmer accused of manslaughter after a walker was killed by his bull has denied that the animal was aggressive.
At 21:09:55 in SportJurgen Klopp has ruled himself out of contention to become the next manager of Manchester United.
At 20:52:56 in WalesA 15 year-old girl has been cut free after becoming trapped in a children's swing in a park in Denbighshire.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Home inspector in bribery arrest [Online] (Updated 26th Apr 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1424882/Home-inspector-in-bribery-arrest [Accessed 24th Apr 2014]
News In Other Categories
Skin grown in the laboratory can replace animals in drug and cosmetics testing, UK scientists say.
A 15 year-old girl has been cut free after becoming trapped in a children's swing in a park in Denbighshire.
Internet retailer Amazon reported a 32% jump in profits to $108m (£64m) in the first quarter of 2014.
Police have carried out a series of raids in east London, following a BBC London investigation into shops willing to deal in stolen smartphones.
Great Britain beat the Netherlands 4-3 in their latest World Championship Division 1 Group B outing in Vilnius.
Scottish independence would leave working people north and south of the border worse off, Ed Miliband has claimed.