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High standard of adult care ‘under threat in England’

13th October 2016

The safe, high-quality and compassionate care that most health and adult social care services in England are providing may be under threat, according to a new report.

In its annual assessment of the quality of health and adult social care in England, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found that high standards are currently being maintained despite challenging circumstances, while expressing concerns this will not last.

As of July 31st 2016, 71 percent of the adult social care services that CQC had inspected were rated as good, while one percent were outstanding. Among GP practices, these figures stood at 83 percent and four percent respectively, while for the core services provided by NHS acute hospital trusts, they were measured at 51 percent and five percent.

Moreover, 76 percent of NHS services, care homes, general practices and other services that had been rated as inadequate by a previous CQC inspection were able to improve their ratings following re-inspection.

However, demand for services is steadily increasing, with the number of older people with unmet social care needs on the rise. A challenging economic climate is also posing a threat that needs to be addressed properly.

Peter Wyman, chair of the CQC, said: "Finance and quality are not necessarily opposing demands; many providers are continuing to deliver good quality care within the resources available by beginning to transform the way they work through collaboration with other services and sectors. "

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