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LGA responds to CQC report on oral health in care homes

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to a report by the Care Quality Commission on oral health in care homes.

“Good oral health contributes to better overall health and wellbeing for those living in care homes, including helping to prevent malnutrition, loneliness, trips and falls. 

“Health professionals and social care providers are trained to recognise and deal with dental health issues in older people, but need to continue to work together to ensure improvements in oral healthcare.

“However, good care costs money and adult social care is at breaking point, facing a £3.6 billion funding gap by 2025. Public health funding for councils, used to fund schemes such as tooth brushing in domiciliary care and preventive schemes in care homes, has been cut by £700 million over the last five years.

“Continued funding pressures for providers and commissioners will inevitably have an impact on care and training for staff, while access to an NHS dentist remains a challenge for many.

“This is why the upcoming Spending Review must plug the immediate funding gap facing adult social care, find a genuine long-term solution to the crisis and reverse the reductions in councils’ public health grant.”

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CQC Report:  CQC calls for improvements to oral health in care homes

Original article link: https://www.local.gov.uk/about/news/lga-responds-cqc-report-oral-health-care-homes

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