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Groups point to acknowledgement of growing unmet need in CQC report

October 11, 2018

In responding to today’s release of the Care Quality Commission’s annual report to Parliament on The State of Healthcare and Adult Social Care in England, social care organisations have focused on the regulator’s acknowledgement of a growing unmet need and consequent pressure on acute healthcare provision.

The many responses are encapsulated by Richard Murray, director of policy at the King’s Fund, who said that struggling A&E departments were one symptom of a health and care system that could no longer cope.

“That the overall quality of the care provided has been maintained is testament to effort and resilience of NHS and social care staff,” said Mr Murray.

“However, today’s report lays bare the challenge of years of squeezed funding, compounded by significant workforce shortages and rising demand for services. This is taking a toll on access to health and social care and some people cannot get the services they need.

“Joined up services are the key to high quality care. The NHS long term plan must include firm action and dedicated funding to change how health and care services are delivered, and the Government’s long-awaited social care green paper must tackle the legacy of years of underfunding and workforce problems in social care.”

  • The CQC’s report on The State of Healthcare and Adult Social Care in England, can be downloaded from: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/…/State_of_Care_16-17_print.pdf

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