Ellesmere Port MP Justin Madders has branded shocking figures spent on hotels by an NHS watchdog set up to care for vulnerable people a ‘national scandal’.

Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which was set up to regulate health and adult care in England, racked up £5,049,431 in 2015/16 on hotels and accommodation.

Just £277, 037 was spent in 2011/12.

The figures came to light following a request by Labour Shadow Health Minister Mr Madders to the Health Secretary.


Mr Madders told our sister title the Sunday Mirror: “This is an unbelievable increase in expenses that is completely unjustifiable.

“To go from just over a quarter of a million pounds to over five million pounds spent on luxury hotels in just a few short years is a national scandal.

“At a time when the social care sector is facing massive pressures due to Government cuts the CQC has been massively increasing their fees to care homes.

“Now that we know the extent of the extravagance at the CQC, those who are responsible for looking after some of our most vulnerable will rightly question where that money is going.

“I am calling on Ministers to urgently get a grip on the situation. It would be unforgivable for them to allow care homes to go bust under their watch whilst the regulators enjoy extravagant perks.”

The CQC said the rise in cost was due to ‘a much more in-depth assessment of the quality of care’ in a bid to improve standards, with bigger teams who spent longer with care homes.

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