Social Care Straining at the Seams

Commenting on the Care Quality Commission’s State of Care Report Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care says:

“This is the second year in a row that the Chief Inspector at CQC has had to outline the precarious state of social care to Parliament.  Parliament can ill afford to ignore the warnings from CQC; there is an urgent need for a long term funding settlement that will reach the frontline and support sustainable quality services”. 

CQC published its state of health and adult social care report in England 2016/17 on 10 October. This report is CQC’s annual assessment of health and social care in England and looks at the trends, highlights examples of good and outstanding care, and identifies factors that maintain high quality care

Care England is leading on high profile policy and strategy developments on behalf of providers.  It has been triangulating a range of publically available intelligence to consider how well local systems are working and we welcome this updated narrative and data from CQC across all sectors.

Professor Martin Green continues:

“There is a lot of uncertainty in the sector and by dragging its heels on the social care Green Paper, Government simply cannot abdicate responsibility for those in need of care, especially those funded by local authorities. 


Notes to editors:

  1. Care England works to ensure that care services are commissioned fairly, efficiently and on a properly funded basis, to meet the true costs of providing quality care.  A Care England survey in July 2017 noted that 45% of providers are projecting to take on less Local Authority placements over the next 3 years due to low rates being paid by councils


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