Care England, has responded to the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) State of Care Report. It demonstrates that the care sector is improving in quality of care services despite vastly different levels of funding and it compares favourably to the NHS. The CQC has issued a warning that the sector is being put under great pressure by local government reductions.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England says:
“The key message of the CQC report for social care, is that all the strides that have been made in successive years to improve quality are now being placed in jeopardy by underfunding. The sector is increasingly fragile and on the cusp of viability, and if the Government does not heed to the warnings of the independent regulator there will be a crisis in care and hundreds of thousands of people will be denied services and aspirations of the Care Act that simply will not be delivered”.
Care England maintains that care homes are, and will continue to be, a vital part of communities. Where possible they should be places in which people of all ages and backgrounds can come together. Robust workforce planning needs to be put into place in order to deliver the care that people both need and expect.
Martin Green continues:
“We look forward to continuing to work with CQC and would ask for their help as the sector gears up for an extremely challenging time ahead. Regulators, commissioners and providers need to work together. Providers need to have the opportunity to demonstrate to Local Authorities that they are innovating to a degree necessary to offer commissioners a diverse care market whilst commissioners must display confidence in CQC by removing duplicate regulatory processes that they undertake which are a source of unnecessary bureaucracy”.