Commenting on the Care Quality Commission’s State of Health and Social Care report, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, the older people’s charity, said:

“It’s simply not good enough that two in five care providers and three in five hospitals rated so far are not up to scratch. And it’s deeply worrying that the independent watchdog found one in every ten hospitals and one in eight care providers to be unsafe.

“As the CQC make clear, social care and health providers are simply struggling to recruit and retain the right type and number of staff. Of course care providers will struggle to give older people safe, good quality care when the staff turnover rate is 25% and as many as one in five home care nursing positions are vacant at any one time.

“With an ageing population and unprecedented financial pressures on the health and care sectors, next month’s Comprehensive Spending Review is the opportunity to sort out problems with continued under-investment that the government cannot afford to waste.”

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