Analysis

Wider health service 'must take ownership' of emergency department problems

Access to GP services and social care is worsening, CQC report finds 

Access to GP services and social care is worsening, CQC report finds

The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) annual State of Care report is the most authoritative stock-take of services across the health and care sectors in England.

It draws on inspections of nearly 30,000 individual services, covering acute trusts, mental health services, GPs and the entire social care sector – domiciliary care, residential care and nursing homes.

Services at hospital trusts are broken down into core services, including maternity, medical care and end of life care. The weakest service of all in the 2017-18 version was urgent and emergency care, where almost half of services were rated as inadequate or requires improvement. The CQC found safety was of ‘particular concern’, with the four-hour target being routinely missed.

48%

of urgent and emergency services rated as inadequate or requiring

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