The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the organisation responsible for ensuring that health and social care services in England provide safe and high-quality care.
The CQC regularly check health care service providers to ensure they meet national standards for quality and safety. It has a rigorous inspection process.
The CQC now rate services as outstanding, good, requiring improvement or inadequate.
What are the CQC's national standards?
The CQC's national standards are set by Parliament and can be found on the CQC website.