CQC have used new powers that have resulted in an increase in enforcement action by 75% according to its 2016/17 annual report. Enforcement actions rose 75% in the year to 1,910 compared with 1,090 in the previous year after the CQC received new powers to prosecute in April 2015. The CQC carried out its first four prosecutions under its new powers. There were 1,271 enforcement actions in progress as of 31 March 2017, the majority of actions were warning notices (1,352). Given the number of warning notices and the small number of prosecutions that actually took place, there appears to be a reluctance on the part of CQC to prosecute unless it involves the most serious of offences.
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