The Care Quality Commission (CQC), reflecting on trends in care home closures, has suggested that the care market for older and disabled people in England could be at risk. The number of care homes has declined by roughly 1,500 to 16,600 over six years, as providers struggle to receive adequate funding. This trend shows few signs of reversal, seemingly, even after taking the Better Care Fund and recent local authority rate increases into account.
Triggle, N. (2016). Care sector woes leave frail at risk, regulator says. London: BBC Health News, October 11th 2016.
Concerning the knock-on impact for the NHS, particularly hospitals:
Triggle, N. (2016). Safety fears in two-thirds of England’s A&Es, inspectors say. London: BBC Health News, October 13th 2016.
Broad Overview of Care Quality: the State of Health and Adult Social Care Report (CQC)
“Adult social care services have been able to maintain quality, but there are indications that the sustainability of adult social care is approaching a tipping point”.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC)’s latest report presents an overview of the state of care, in the following sectors / aspects:
- Adult social care.
- Hospitals, mental health care and community health services.
- Primary medical services.
- Equality in health and social care.
- The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.
The state of health care and adult social care in England 2015/16. London: Care Quality Commission, October 13th 2016. Presented to Parliament pursuant to section 83(4)(a) of the Health and Social Care Act 2008. Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed on 12 October 2016. HC 706.
There is also an Executive Summary.