Commenting on new analysis of Care Quality Commission (CQC) data by consumer group Which?, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, says:

“The lack of quality care available in some parts of the country is nothing short of scandalous. It is simply unacceptable that, in some areas, more than half the beds available are in care homes rated poor or inadequate. This means a shocking lack of choice for some older people and their families. None of us want to live somewhere that is below par, and that doesn’t change if we have to live in a care home. The Government has promised a Green Paper on social care next year, but we need to ensure that there are solutions in the short-term too. The forthcoming CMA review on social care must contain strong recommendations that will be quickly taken up by the Government to help older people and their families making choice about care today.”

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