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NHS Confederation - CQC report shows a stretched NHS that needs social care to be better funded

Stephen Dalton, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, responded to the CQC State of Care report released today

“The report shows that the NHS is being stretched to the limit, especially after additional pressure caused by ongoing cuts to social care, mental health and public health.

“Public spending plans are becoming less realistic by the day and it’s crucial that the upcoming Autumn Spending Review addresses this crisis. Relying on a political rhetoric that promises to protect the NHS, but fails to acknowledge that a cut in social care results in a cost to the NHS, is an economic deception.

“A major concern is the sustainability of social care provision. The CQC report exposes that one consequence of cuts to social care is a "race to the bottom" when awarding contracts to care providers. This means contracts are being handed back and providers withdrawing from this market." 

Background:

  • ​​​Patient safety was found to be the greatest area of improvement in providers re-inspected by the CQC after being initially rated as inadequate.
  • Successive Governments have protected NHS funding but social care funding is now not keeping pace. This is leading to extra demands on the NHS, which it is ill-equipped to meet.

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