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Statement in response to CGC report 'State of Care - CQC warns of growing ‘care injustice''

Published on 11 October 2018 07:09 AM

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK said:

“This CQC report confirms that as the pressures on our social care system become ever more intense, it’s increasingly ‘pot luck’ as to whether you get a good service or not or, indeed, any service at all. Nowadays we even hear of variations within areas as well as between them, both as regards access to care & also how well that care is joined up with other essential provision like district nursing & physiotherapy.”

“A good care service can make all the difference in the world for an older person in declining health and it’s wrong that they should have to play Russian Roulette with something so vital. Older people need to be confident they will get good care that meets their needs whether they live North or South, in the countryside or a major city.”

"Unmet need continues to rise, with Age UK estimating that 1.4 million older people do not have access to the care and support they need. In two years, the number of older people living with an unmet care need has risen by almost 20%, to nearly one in seven older people. While the government made a welcome NHS funding announcement in June 2018, the impact of this, and last week’s short term crisis funding for adult social care, risks being undermined by the lack of a long-term funding solution for social care."

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Notes to editors

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Last updated: Oct 11 2018

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