Response to CQC ‘State of Care’ Report
Published on 23 November 2012 12:30 PM
Embargoed 00.01 hours 23 November 2012
‘It is appalling that 15% of hospitals and 20% of nursing homes failed to ensure people were given the food and drink they needed and that a significant proportion were equally unable to protect the dignity and respect of their patients and residents.
‘Staff across health and care services have a professional and moral duty to make sure the dignity of their patients and residents is enshrined in every action. This means involving people in decisions about their care, providing care that treats people with respect and helping people to be as independent possible.
‘Age UK renews its call to Government to take the responsible course by appropriately funding and guaranteeing fair access to high quality health and social care services.
‘In particular, this report shows the dire consequences of a social care system that has been under increasing financial pressure over the last eight years and in many areas is now financially stripped to the bone. This is particularly evident in inadequate staffing levels and a widespread failure to train staff adequately.
‘This survey underpins the urgency for social care funding reform so that those older people who struggle daily with chronic ill health, frailty and disability have the peace of mind that they will be well cared for at their time of need.'
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