Commenting on the latest CQC State of Care report, Deborah Alsina MBE, Chief Executive of Independent Age, said:

“It is becoming increasingly clear that older people are suffering because health and social care services are not joined up. It’s simply not good enough when people are ending up in A&E because they are not receiving the right type or right amount of care.

“We are not only letting our older people down, but also causing unnecessary pressures on our health services.

“It is particularly concerning that in the past year CQC twice had to issue warnings about possible service disruption because of provider failure. With an ageing population and unprecedented financial pressures on the health and care sectors, the government must urgently address the fragility of the adult social care sector.”

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