Jo Stephenson's article identifies the concerns that many of us in social care have about the creation of the Care Quality Commission and whether it will become fixated on healthcare priorities.
When health secretary Alan Johnson announced the creation of the CQC in October, the focus was on the NHS and patient safety. Since then MPs have pressed for equal treatment of social care in the regulator's architecture as the Health and Social Care Bill progresses through Parliament.
Baroness Young's appointment as chair of the new regulator and commitment to learn more about social care is very welcome. Providers in the domiciliary care sector often feel they are seen as a "poor relation" to the health service, with the contribution that social care makes to the well-being of the nation generally not as valued or well publicised as that of healthcare.
If providers can adapt to their third regulator in six years with the minimum disruption, are regulated by inspectors who truly understand how home care services are run and can see as much national attention being given to social care delivery as health, then our sector may well be convinced of the wisdom of merging health and social care regulation.
Mike Padgham, chair, United Kingdom Homecare Association