Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations)
If social care goes down, we all go down, warns NHS Confederation in response to CQC report
Niall Dickson, Chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare system, responded to the CQC report into the state of healthcare in England
“It would be a tragedy if the NHS’s 70th birthday was remembered as the year England’s care system collapsed, but today’s report reveals real concerns that mental health and social care services are not sustainable. Contracts are being handed back leaving more individuals at risk.
“Let no-one misunderstand what is being said here – the health and care system is managing well, with some improvements in safety, but its future is precarious. And one in eight older people are not getting the help they need.
“CQC has the support and confidence of government yet this message is not a comforting one – once again with herculean effort, leaders and those on the front line have delivered safe services to millions but the pressures are taking their toll.
“Today’s report is unequivocal – the quality of services is in a fragile state as the system strains to treat and support more older people with complex conditions.
“There are fewer nursing home beds and home care contracts are being handed back because there is not enough money to pay for the care that is needed.
“Of course, as the report acknowledges, there is more local services can do to improve co-ordination and the way services are organised, but the inescapable conclusion has to be that without further government funding today’s perilous state will become tomorrow’s tragedy.
“As CQC has pointed out, this is one of the major unresolved public policy issues of our time. It is time government and indeed all the political class woke up to this challenge and accept that if social care goes down, we all go down.”
Notes to editors:
- The NHS Confederation represents 85 per cent of NHS providers and commissioners. The organisation has nearly 500 members across health and social care, including hospitals, community and mental health providers, ambulance trusts and independent sector organisations providing NHS care. It is the only membership body to bring together and speak on behalf of the whole NHS.
- Follow the NHS Confederation press office on Twitter @NHSConfed_Press.
- A full list of NHS Confederation press releases and statements can be accessed at its media centre.
- For media queries, contact Neil Durham (Senior Media Officer - 020 7799 8671 / email@example.com); Charlotte George (Senior Media Officer - 020 7799 8664 / firstname.lastname@example.org); Claire Patel-Campbell (Media Officer - 0113 306 3094 / Claire.Patel-Campbell@nhsconfed.org) or Dan Keel (Head of Communications - 020 7799 8637 / email@example.com). For out-of-hours media enquiries, please call the Duty Press Officer on 07880 500 726
Latest News from
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations)
Chris Stark: Towards Net Zero20/03/2019 14:25:00
On 2 May, the Committee on Climate Change will publish new advice to the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations on the UK’s long-term climate change targets.
NHS Confederation launches new network to strengthen the voice of BME leaders19/03/2019 13:40:00
A new network has been launched to strengthen the voice of BME leaders in England and support health and care organisations to meet the needs of all communities.
LGA: modern slavery referrals by councils soar ninefold19/03/2019 12:40:00
Referrals of potential victims of modern slavery made by councils have soared ninefold in five years, new figures show, highlighting the demands on local authority services already under significant pressure, the LGA has warned.
Wales Audit Office - ‘No-deal’ Brexit planning is being ramped up, but the picture varies across Wales’ public services19/03/2019 11:40:00
Auditor General sets out key messages to all Welsh public bodies as they plan to manage the implications of Brexit
CAB - Increasing numbers of small and newer energy suppliers delivering poor customer service19/03/2019 10:40:00
More small and newer energy suppliers are failing to meet decent standards of customer service, according to Citizens Advice’s latest energy star rating league table.
LGA responds to Resolution Foundation’s skills report19/03/2019 09:40:00
Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s People & Places Board, responds to the Resolution Foundation’s skills report.
FRC: Financial Reporting Lab Survey 201915/03/2019 14:25:00
The Financial Reporting Lab (‘the Lab’) would like to get views on the reporting topics that it should select for its projects over the next few years. This short survey will only take 5 minutes to complete.
TUC joins Bristol Mayor in city-wide pay claim for low paid workers15/03/2019 11:43:00
Over 100 Bristol businesses and top firms have received a letter from the Mayor calling for a Living Wage City • Top Bristol bosses invited to become accredited Living Wage employers as trade unions mobilise.
TUC: Government’s tariff plans would devastate manufacturing industries14/03/2019 14:25:00
Manufacturing unions representing millions of workers yesterday (Wednesday) called on MPs to rule out a no-deal Brexit, warning that government plans to dramatically reduce tariffs on imported goods in the event of no deal would devastate the economy.