Commenting on the publication of the Care Quality Commission ‘State of the Nation’ report 2015/16, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, the older people’s charity said:

"This report is the first time we have had a truly comprehensive picture of what is happening in social care, and it is a grim picture. The report, covering 20,000 inspections, lays bare the fact that nearly one in three social care organisations are rated as needing improvement or inadequate. While we recognise that there are examples of excellent practice, it is alarming that weaker care providers are not getting any better. We are seeing services failing, problems recruiting a workforce with the right skills, and providers seemingly resistant to improvement. We need urgent action to address this failing, to ensure that we have a health and care sector where no one is left behind.”

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