Inspectors highlight lack of joined-up health and adult social care services
Focus on managing delayed discharges has ‘almost overwhelmed other priorities’, warns Care Quality Commission
The report on health and social care in England for 2017-2018 by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is based on inspections of nearly 30,000 services.
The inspections cover hospitals, mental health units, community nurse teams, general practice and the entire social care sector, including nursing homes, domiciliary care and residential care, making it the most authoritative published stocktake of the health and social care system.
The 134-page report, The State of Health Care and Adult Social Care in England 2017/2018, identifies examples of good and bad services, but concludes that most services provide high-quality care.
The problem, the report states, is more to do with access. For example, an estimated 1.4 million older people, one in seven people over 65, are not receiving the care and...
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