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Health and Social Care Committee approves appointment of Ian Dilks as CQC Chair

23 February 2022

MPs have confirmed the appointment of Ian Dilks as the new Chair of the independent regulator, the CQC, following his appearance before the Health and Social Care Committee.

The Government’s preferred candidate is a former Chair of NHS Resolution and a former chair of PricewaterhouseCooper’s Global Captive Insurance Group. He faced questions on a range of areas such as challenges facing the CQC, including inspections suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic and reports of ethnic minority-led GP practices being disadvantaged by the regulator’s inspection methodology. How the CQC will establish a ratings system for ICSs (Integrated Care Systems) that would ensure good outcomes for patients and users was also addressed.

Chair's comment

Health and Social Care Committee Chair Jeremy Hunt MP said:

“Ian Dilks brings valuable experience to the role of CQC Chair from his prior work in the NHS. However, he was honest about not having knowledge of the social care sector, a vital element of the CQC’s work. As a result, the endorsement of his appointment was not the unanimous view of the Health and Social Care Committee.

“We have registered our concerns about the lack of the diversity of candidates progressing through the appointments process and have urged the Department for Health and Social Care to redouble its efforts in this area.”

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