THE ADULT SOCIAL CARE SYSTEM REQUIRES IMPROVEMENTS

  • The CQC has called for an immediate action, to sort out issues pertaining to the social care system, including the need for more funding in the care system.

    According to the watchdog in its annual assessment of care in England:

    • Despite the 33% rise  in the number of people aged 85 and over in the ten years, the number of people receiving local authority-funded care have reduced
    • The number of beds in nursing homes was not increasing in line with demand
    • Care home providers were opting out of local authority contracts because funding was not enough to cover the costs of care
    • The social care crisis was putting increasing pressure on hospitals especially A&E departments

    ITV News reported what CQC executive, David Behan, said:

    "What's happening, we think, is that where people aren't getting access to care, and we are not preventing people's needs developing through adult social care, is that they are presenting at A&E.

    "Emergency admissions of older people are increasing and we also know that the number of delayed bed days in hospital, are increasing.

    "We think more resources need to be made available to adult social care. That will help people in adult social care and it will also improve the impact it is having on the system.

    "Without urgent action been taken, we are concerned that there will be more people whose needs aren't being met, that improvement in adult social care will be harder to make and there is a risk that more services will deteriorate."

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