Inquiry into regulation of care for older people



The Health and Sport Committee has undertaken a short inquiry into the regulation of care for older people. The inquiry focused on addressing one key question:
  • Does the regulatory system ensure care services for older people are providing good quality and appropriate care?


The Committee published its report on Tuesday 29 November 2011.

A debate on the Committee's report and the Scottish Government's response will be held on Wednesday 7 March 2012.


Written evidence

To inform the inquiry, the Committee sought views in response to the following questions:

  • Can we be confident that the regulatory system is picking up on care services where the quality of care is poor?
  • Are there any particular weaknesses in the current system?
  • Does the system adequately take into account the views of service users?
  • Does the registration and regulatory system provide an appropriate basis for the regulation, inspection and enforcement of integrated social and NHS care in the community?

Read the submissions received by the Committee in response to its call for views, and other correspondence and written evidence relating to the inquiry

Read the news release on the call for evidence

Oral evidence

Below is a list of organisations and individuals that the Committee agreed to take oral evidence from:

6 September

Panel 1:

  • Lord Sutherland

Panel 2:

  • Alzheimer Scotland
  • Carers Scotland
  • Age Scotland

13 September

Panel 1:

  • Scottish Care
  • Coalition of care and support providers
  • Viewpoint Housing Association
  • UK Home Care Association

Panel 2 (round table):

  • Royal College of Nursing Scotland
  • Scottish Association of Social Work
  • Community Pharmacy Scotland
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapists
  • Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland

27 September

Panel 1:

  • City of Edinburgh Council
  • Scottish Social Services Council

Panel 2:

  • Healthcare Improvement Scotland

4 October

Panel 1:

  • Care Inspectorate
  • Scottish Government


The Committee published its report on Tuesday 29 November 2011.

Read the news release on the publication of the report.





A debate on the Committee's report and the Scottish Government's response will be held on Wednesday 7 March 2012.