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Care in England “not good enough”

Posted in: Medical Negligence 

The Chief Inspector of adult social care at the Care Quality Commission has described the care being provided in care homes across England as “awful”.  Andrea Sutcliffe said that recent reviews made some worrying findings and that action had to be taken immediately. The CQC is due to publish new plans on how it is better going to regulate, inspect and rate care homes on Thursday.

Following recent hospital scandals across the country, the CQC has been criticised for failing to regulate care standards adequately.  However, Ms Sutcliffe said that major improvements are now underway. 

“Calling time on poor care is something that we have got to do”

On Thursday a new rating system is to be launched, which will work in the same way as the rating system that Ofsted uses to judge schools.  Care homes will be rated as: outstanding, good, requiring improvement or inadequate.

Ms Sutcliffe said on BBC Breakfast: “There is too much awful care that is actually happening and calling time on poor care is something that we have got to do.”  She also admitted that the CQC had been partly responsible for the recent hospital trust scandals, yet said that she believes their reputation to be improving.  Ms Sutcliffe said that “some of the ways [they had] been working needed to absolutely improve.

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